Forbidden Friendships: Homosexuality and Male Culture in Renaissance Florenceby Michael Rocke
The men of Renaissance Florence were so renowned for sodomy that "Florenzer" in German meant "sodomite". In this richly documented book, scholar Michael Rocke vividly depicts this vibrant sexual culture in a world where these same-sex acts were not seen as the deviant transgressions of a small minority, but as an integral part of a normal masculine identity. Illustrations.
"Rocke presents a careful and nuanced appreciation of language and concepts of gender and sexual roles.... The value of this highly important study rests on the book's lucid prose and its learned contribution to our understanding of human, or at least Western, sexuality."Library Journal
"This is a superb work of scholarship, impossible to overpraise.... It marks a milestone in the 20-year rise of gay and lesbian studies."The Advocate
Meet the Author
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.
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