Forbidden Friendships

Forbidden Friendships : Homosexuality and Male Culture in Renaissance Florence

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At the core of this study of Renaissance Florence is the 70 year history of "The Office of the Night", created in 1432 to police sexual behaviour in Florence. In documenting their history, Rocke provides a portrait of a culture in which sodomy was an accepted characteristic of masculine identity. The changes in public attitudes and private practises are charted as acceptance turned to repression.show more

Product details

  • Hardback | 371 pages
  • 157.48 x 236.22 x 38.1mm | 657.71g
  • Oxford University Press Inc
  • New York, United States
  • English
  • 1 halftone, 1 map, 2 line drawings, bibliography
  • 0195069757
  • 9780195069754

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"Rocke presents a careful and nuanced appreciation of language and concepts of gender and sexual roles.... The value of this highly important study rests on the book's lucid prose and its learned contribution to our understanding of human, or at least Western, sexuality."--Library Journal "Rocke presents a careful and nuanced appreciation of language and concepts of gender and sexual roles.... The value of this highly important study rests on the book's lucid prose and its learned contribution to our understanding of human, or at least Western, sexuality."--Library Journal "Rocke presents a careful and nuanced appreciation of language and concepts of gender and sexual roles.... The value of this highly important study rests on the book's lucid prose and its learned contribution to our understanding of human, or at least Western, sexuality."--Library Journal "Rocke presents a careful and nuanced appreciation of language and concepts of gender and sexual roles.... The value of this highly important study rests on the book's lucid prose and its learned contribution to our understanding of human, or at least Western, sexuality."--Library Journalshow more

About Michael Rocke

About the Author: Michael Rocke is an independent scholar who teaches Italian history at Syracuse University in Florence, where he has been a member of the faculty since 1992, and at other American universities in Florence.show more

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