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Queer city: gay London from the Romans to the present day

Queer city: gay London from the Romans to the present day

Ackroyd, Peter, 1949- author

In 'Queer City', Peter Ackroyd looks at London in a whole new way - through the story of its gay population. 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 19th century. He journeys through the coffee bars of sixties Soho to gay liberation, disco music, and the horror of AIDS

Paperback, Book. English.
Published London: Vintage Books, 2018
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Statement of responsibility: Peter Ackroyd
ISBN: 0099592940, 9780099592945
Note: Includes bibliographical references and index.
Physical Description: 400 pages ; 20 cm
Subject: Gays England London Social life and customs.; Gay/Lesbian Interest.; Family and Relationships.; Gays England London History.; Homosexuality England London History.

Author note

Peter Ackroyd is an award-winning historian, biographer, novelist, poet and broadcaster. He is the author of the acclaimed non-fiction bestsellers London: The Biography, Thames: Sacred River and London Under; biographies of figures including Charles Dickens, William Blake, Charlie Chaplin and Alfred Hitchcock; and a multi-volume history of England. He has won the Whitbread Biography Award, the Royal Society of Literature's William Heinemann Award, the James Tait Black Memorial Prize, the Guardian Fiction Prize, the Somerset Maugham Award and the South Bank Prize for Literature. He holds a CBE for services to literature.