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Same-sex unions in premodern Europe

by Boswell, John, 1947-1994.

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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 cer... Full description


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Table of Contents:
  • "What's in a name?" : the vocabulary of love and marriage
  • "For family and country" : heterosexual matrimony in the Greco-Roman world
  • "A friend inspired by God" : same-sex unions in the Greco-Roman world
  • "This world is passing away" : views of the new religion
  • "What God has joined together" : the development of nuptial offices
  • "Let me not to the marriage of true minds admit impediments" : comparison of same-sex and heterosexual ceremonies of union
  • The history of same-sex unions in medieval Europe
  • "Those who see and those who do not
  • " : subsequent developments : a look forward
  • Appendices. Appendix of translations ; Appendix of documents ; Jewish perspectives ; Manuscripts of the same-sex union ; The Passion of SS. Serge and Bacchus.