Same-Sex Desire in the English Renaissance: A Sourcebook of Texts, 1470-1650

Synopsis

Same-Sex Desire in the English Renaissance is an anthology of key literary, philosophical, religious and scientific texts published during the English Renaissance. It addresses key issues in Renaissance thinking about sexual identity, namely, was homosexuality differentiated as a distinct sexual identity in the sixteenth and seventeenth centuries? Borris concludes that indeed it was, and includes relevant sections from biblical commentary, legal writings, medical and scientific writings, popular encyclopedias and travel literature to support his claim.

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