Forbidden Friendships: Homosexuality and Male Culture in by Michael Rocke

By Michael Rocke

"This is an excellent paintings of scholarship, very unlikely to overpraise.... It marks a milestone within the 20-year upward thrust of homosexual and lesbian studies."--Martin Duberman, The Advocate

The males of Renaissance Florence have been so popular for sodomy that "Florenzer" in German intended "sodomite." within the past due 15th century, as many as one in Florentine males had come to the eye of the professionals for sodomy by the point they have been thirty. In 1432 The workplace of the evening was once created in particular to police sodomy in Florence. certainly, approximately all Florentine men most likely had a few type of same-sex adventure as part of their "normal" sexual lifestyles.

Seventy years of denunciations, interrogations, and sentencings left an awfully particular checklist, which writer Michael Rocke has utilized in his brilliant depiction of this shiny sexual tradition in a global the place those same-sex acts weren't the deviant transgressions of a small minority, yet an essential component of a regular masculine identification. Rocke roots this sexual intercourse within the broader context of Renaissance Florence, with its social networks of households, juvenile gangs, buddies, patronage, workshops, and confraternities, and its busy political lifestyles from the early years of the Republic in the course of the interval of Lorenzo de' Medici, Savonarola, and the start of Medici princely rule. His richly targeted publication paints a desirable photo of Renaissance Florence and calls into query our glossy conceptions of gender and sexual identity.

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