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Forbidden Friendships

Homosexuality and Male Culture in Renaissance Florence

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Forbidden Friendships by Michael Rocke
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In 1432, the Office of the Night was created specifically to police sodomy in Florence. Seventy years of denunciations, accusations, interrogations and sentencings left an extraordinarily detailed record, which the author utilizes in this portrait. He uncovers a culture in which sexual roles were strictly defined by age, with boys under the age of 18 the "passive" participants in sodomy, youths in their 20s the "active" participants, and men in their 30s marrying women, their days of sexual frivolity over. The book paints a picture of a vibrant time and place and calls into question our modern conceptions of gender and sexual identity. It is primarily intended for scholars and students of early modern European history and gender studies.

Author Biography

Michael Rocke is the Nicky Mariano Librarian of the Biblioteca Berenson at Villa I Tatti, the Harvard University Center for Italian Renaissance Studies, in Florence.
Release date Australia
January 1st, 1998
Author
Country of Publication
United States
Illustrations
1 halftone, line figures, tables
Imprint
Oxford University Press Inc
Pages
382
Dimensions
156x235x25
ISBN-13
9780195122923
Product ID
1808908

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