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Paperback:Queer city : gay London from the Romans to the present day / Peter Ackroyd.:2018 Paperback Queer city : gay London from the Romans to the present day / Peter Ackroyd.
Queer city : gay London from the Romans to the present day / Peter Ackroyd.
Author: Ackroyd, Peter, 1949-
Publication year: 2018
Language: English
Media class: Paperback
Resource type: Physical
ISBN: 9780099592945 (pbk.) :
Notes:
Originally published: London: Chatto & Windus, 2017.
Includes bibliographical references and index.
Extent: ix, 262 pages, 16 unnumbered pages of plates : illustrations (bl
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In 'Queer City', Peter Ackroyd looks at London in a whole new way - through the story 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 19th century. He journeys through the coffee bars of sixties Soho to gay liberation, disco music, and the horror of AIDS.

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