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Terrible Queer Creatures Homosexuality In Irish History

Terrible Queer Creatures Homosexuality In Irish History

Brian Lacey

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Homosexuality in Irish History.

The 'love that dare not speak its name' was as common in Ireland throughout all stages of its history as it was in other parts of the world.

Under certain cultural and historical conditions the expression of homosexuality in Ireland, as elsewhere, became more accepted or, at least, more visible than at other times. This book attempts to describe some of that visibility from early Ireland to the last twentieth century. But it is clear that, like an iceberg, a far greater part of the story remains, and will almost certainly almost remain, invisible.

That is not just because homosexuality was often a deliberately concealed or secret thing. On the contrary, for some periods of our history its very absence from the record may in fact be a reflection of how ordinary, commonplace and unremarkable its expression was. Several writers on gay history have alluded to the paradox that although we have, relatively speaking, only a tiny amount of historical documentation of heterosexual behaviour in the past, no one would claim that this is an accurate reflection of what actually took place.

There is no reason to think that homosexual behaviour was any different. With this is mind, Dr Lacey uses his historical ( and indeed archaeological) skill to bring to the surface forma wide variety of sources an entertaining yet scholarly exposition of the history of homosexuality in Ireland.

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Author Brian Lacey
Publisher Wordwell
Publication date 26 Aug 2015
Format Paperback
ISBN/EAN 9781905569960

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