Queer City: Gay London from the Romans to the Present Day

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*** A Sunday Times Bestseller ***In Roman Londinium the city was dotted with lupanaria (`wolf dens' or public pleasure houses), fornices (brothels) and thermiae (hot baths). Ackroyd tells us the hidden story of how it got there, celebrating its diversity, thrills and energy on the one hand;
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.
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Weight 0.254000
Author Ackroyd, Peter
Availability IP
Department London
Format Paperback
ISBN 9780099592945
Pages 272
Published 24/05/2018
Publisher Cornerstone
Section London Attractions
Size Unfolded 129x198mm
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