Before the Closet: Same-Sex Love from Beowulf to Angels in America Allen J. Frantzen

ISBN: 9780226260921

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Before the Closet: Same-Sex Love from Beowulf to Angels in America  by  Allen J. Frantzen

Before the Closet: Same-Sex Love from Beowulf to Angels in America by Allen J. Frantzen
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Allen J. Frantzen challenges the long accepted view that the early Middle Ages tolerated and even fostered same-sex relations and that intolerance of homosexuality developed only late in the medieval period.

Frantzen shows that in early medievalMoreAllen J. Frantzen challenges the long accepted view that the early Middle Ages tolerated and even fostered same-sex relations and that intolerance of homosexuality developed only late in the medieval period. Frantzen shows that in early medieval Europe, the Church did not tolerate same-sex acts, in fact it was an age before people recognized the existence—or the possibility—of the closet.With its ambitious scope and elegant style, Before the Closet sets same-sex relations in Anglo-Saxon sources in relation to the sexual themes of contemporary opera, dance, and theatre.

Frantzen offers a comprehensive analysis of sources from the seventh to the twelfth century and traces Anglo-Saxon same-sex behavior through the age of Chaucer and into the Renaissance.Frantzens marvelous book . . . opens up a world most readers will never have even known was there. Its a difficult topic, but Frantzens comprehensive, readable and even wryly funny treatment makes this an unexpected pleasure.—Publishers Weekly, starred review



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