Same-Sex Unions in Premodern Europe by John Boswell

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Both highly praised and intensely controversial, this brilliant book produces dramatic evidence that at one time the Catholic and Eastern Orthodox churches not only sanctioned unions between partners of the same sex, but sanctified them--in ceremonies strikingly similar to heterosexual marriage ceremonies.
 

About John Boswell

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John Boswell is a former Naval officer and graduate of the U.S. Navy's SERE (Survival, Evasion, Resistance, and Escape) School. Boswell is a writer, editor and literary agent who has worked in publishing for nine years.
 
Published August 28, 2013 by Vintage. 464 pages
Genres: History, Political & Social Sciences, Religion & Spirituality, Travel, Gay & Lesbian. Non-fiction

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Christianity, Social Tolerance, and Homosexuality, not reviewed) convincingly establishes that, from ancient times to the 18th century, throughout Christian Europe, same-sex union rituals honored a form of ``gay marriage.'' Working from church manuscripts, mainly in ancient Greek, that des...

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The acceptance and sanctification of homosexual relations in Catholic and Eastern Orthodox churches during Medieval Europe are examined in this scholarly work.

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Boswell ( Christianity, Social Tolerance and Homosexuality ) has written a stunning, complex book that is demanding in the brilliance of its scholarship but written with sterling clarity.

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