Homosexual Heroes : From Alcibiades to Lawrence of Arabia
Because books are the imminent source of learning, we will thoroughly explore the backdrops to the heroes Ive chosen: the Mutiny of India, the Boer Wars, pre-war sexuality in Berlin, the Third Crusade, the French wars of religion--home grounds of John Nicholson, Hector Macdonald, Bill Tilden/Gottfried Cramm, Richard I and Henri III.The men and boys in this fully illustrated book were indisputably homosexual. They were heroes as defined by Webster, the central figure in an event, period, or movement. A third adjective must be added: they were all fascinating. They were fascinating men and boys who preferred other men and boys, a gift of God as the president of Apple so rightly put it.It was far easier to find homosexual candidates than it was to find heroes, even if my personal definition of hero is very encompassing. Travis Pastrana who did the first double-backflip on a motorcycle is my hero, and paragliding-skiing off cliffs shakes me to the core. Statistically, these guys are not gay but theyre certainly among the best of our species. Richard Coeur de Lion had 2,400 throats slit before the walls of Jerusalem, while Philippe II freed his 2,400 captives, as they had agreed to split their loot 50/50, as they did the same dish from which both ate, the same bed they shared when younger. Alcibiades saved Athens and was given a heros welcome home by the citizens, and boys lined up to gain his attention and perhaps more, yet its difficult to find a single of his actions that was not monomaniacally egotistical. Cellini killed at least four men, yet was a hero for sculpting the heroic Perseus, and so loved that when the first hairs appeared on his chin his lover plucked a few out to remember him by. Machiavelli published a book justifying the killing of ones own brothers, yet wrote to a boy, reminding him of the times he growled in his ear when taking his pleasure. Henri III of France had rent-boys care for the needs of himself and his mignons, decidedly unheroic passivity, yet history has credited him with saving the lives of innumerable Protestants. The paradoxes go on and on, and in the end I can only guarantee that all within the covers of this book were at least partial boy-lovers (since in Greece, Rome and Renaissance Italy men just naturally swung both ways), and I can guarantee that they were the most fascinating creatures to have walked the earth.
- Paperback | 314 pages
- 152.4 x 228.6 x 18.03mm | 539.77g
- 28 Jan 2015
- Createspace Independent Pub