King James and the History of Homosexuality by Michael Young

By Michael Young

James VI & I, the namesake of the King James model of the Bible, had a sequence of infamous male favourites. nobody denies that those relationships have been amorous, yet have been they sexual? Michael B. younger merges political background with fresh scholarship within the background of sexuality to respond to that query. extra greatly, he indicates that James's favourites had a damaging influence in the royal relatives, at court docket, in Parliament, and within the country at huge. Contemporaries raised the spectre of a sodomitical court docket and an effeminized country; a few instructed James to interact in a extra virile overseas coverage via embarking on struggle. Queen Anne inspired a martial spirit and moulded her oldest son to be extra manly than his father. Repercussions persisted after James's demise, detracting from the majesty of the monarchy and contributing to the outbreak of the Civil battle. people conversant in the background of sexuality will locate incredible premonitions right here of recent homosexuality and homophobia. normal readers will discover a international of political intrigue colored via sodomy, pederasty, and gender instability. For readers new to the topic, the ebook starts off with a important assessment of King James's life.

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