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Queer City Gay London from the Romans to the Present Day

Ackroyd Peter

9780099592945

BOOK DETAILS

Price: $22.99
Format: Paperback / softback
ISBN13: 9780099592945
Published: May 2018

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'Droll, provocative and crammed to busting with startling facts' Simon Callow, Guardian

In this powerful Sunday Times bestseller Peter Ackroyd looks at London in a whole new way - through the history and experiences of its gay population.

In Roman Londinium the city was dotted with lupanaria ('wolf dens' or public pleasure houses), fornices (brothels) and thermiae (hot baths). Then came the Emperor Constantine, with his bishops, monks and missionaries. And so began an endless loop of alternating permissiveness and censure.

Ackroyd takes us right into the hidden history of the city; from the notorious Normans to the frenzy of executions for sodomy in the early nineteenth century. He journeys through the coffee bars of sixties Soho to Gay Liberation, disco music and the horror of AIDS.

Today, we live in an era of openness and tolerance and Queer London has become part of the new norm. Ackroyd tells us the hidden story of how it got there, celebrating its diversity, thrills and energy on the one hand; but reminding us of its very real terrors, dangers and risks on the other.

Book details and technical specifications

Format: Paperback / softback
ISBN13: 9780099592945
Published: May 2018

Number of pages: 272
Width: 135 mm
Height: 198 mm
Depth: 18 mm

Publisher: Vintage Publishing

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