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The Resource Same-sex marriage in Renaissance Rome : sexuality, identity, and community in early modern Europe, Gary Ferguson

Same-sex marriage in Renaissance Rome : sexuality, identity, and community in early modern Europe, Gary Ferguson

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Same-sex marriage in Renaissance Rome : sexuality, identity, and community in early modern Europe
Title
Same-sex marriage in Renaissance Rome
Title remainder
sexuality, identity, and community in early modern Europe
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Gary Ferguson
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Language
eng
Summary
Same-sex marriage is a hotly debated topic in the United States, and the world, today. From the tenor of most discussions, however, it would be easy to conclude that the idea of marriage between two people of the same sex is a uniquely contemporary phenomenon. Not so, argues Gary Ferguson in this remarkable book about a same-sex wedding ceremony in sixteenth-century Rome. The case in question involved a group of mostly Spanish and Portuguese men, arrested and executed in Rome in 1578, said to have performed same-sex wedding ceremonies in one of the city's major churches. We know about the incident from a number of sources, including the travel journal of the French essayist Michel de Montaigne. Several substantial fragments of the transcript of the men's trial have also survived, along with copies of their wills. Making use of all these documents, Ferguson brings the story to life in striking detail. He reveals not only the names of the men but also where they lived, how they were employed, and who their friends were. In particular, he unearths a surprising amount of detail about the men's sex lives, and how others responded to this information, which allows him to explore attitudes toward marriage, sex, and gender at the time. Emphasizing the instability of marriage in premodern Europe, Ferguson argues that same-sex unions should be considered part of the institution's complex and contested history. --
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1963-
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Ferguson, Gary
Dewey number
306.84809409024
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illustrations
Index
index present
Literary form
non fiction
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bibliography
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  • Same-sex marriage
  • Same-sex marriage
  • Gay men
  • Homophobia
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Same-sex marriage in Renaissance Rome : sexuality, identity, and community in early modern Europe, Gary Ferguson
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Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references and index
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volume
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  • nc
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rdacarrier
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text
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  • txt
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rdacontent
Contents
A French writer visits: Montaigne's travel journal and a thrice-told tale -- "Our marriages"? Male to male / Like husband and wife -- Marriage rites, analogues, meanings -- Other witnesses, other stories -- Final hours: wills and execution -- Voices on trial: beginning with Battista the boatman -- Saint John at the Latin Gate: Marco Pinto -- Marriage as alibi, as euphemism, as recruitment -- Marriage and community -- Looking forward / Looking Back: The History of Sexuality -- Ghost stories: queer history
Control code
ocn945693746
Dimensions
24 cm
Extent
x, 216 pages
Isbn
9781501702372
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
  • n
Other physical details
illustrations
System control number
(OCoLC)945693746
Label
Same-sex marriage in Renaissance Rome : sexuality, identity, and community in early modern Europe, Gary Ferguson
Publication
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references and index
Carrier category
volume
Carrier category code
  • nc
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type code
  • txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Contents
A French writer visits: Montaigne's travel journal and a thrice-told tale -- "Our marriages"? Male to male / Like husband and wife -- Marriage rites, analogues, meanings -- Other witnesses, other stories -- Final hours: wills and execution -- Voices on trial: beginning with Battista the boatman -- Saint John at the Latin Gate: Marco Pinto -- Marriage as alibi, as euphemism, as recruitment -- Marriage and community -- Looking forward / Looking Back: The History of Sexuality -- Ghost stories: queer history
Control code
ocn945693746
Dimensions
24 cm
Extent
x, 216 pages
Isbn
9781501702372
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
  • n
Other physical details
illustrations
System control number
(OCoLC)945693746

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