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Description - Forbidden Friendships by Michael Rocke

In 1432, the Office of the Night was created specifically to police sodomy in Florence. Seventy years of denunciations, accusations, interrogations and sentencings left an extraordinarily detailed record, which the author utilizes in this portrait. He uncovers a culture in which sexual roles were strictly defined by age, with boys under the age of 18 the "passive" participants in sodomy, youths in their 20s the "active" participants, and men in their 30s marrying women, their days of sexual frivolity over. The book paints a picture of a vibrant time and place and calls into question our modern conceptions of gender and sexual identity. It is primarily intended for scholars and students of early modern European history and gender studies.

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Book Details

ISBN: 9780195122923
ISBN-10: 0195122925
Format: Paperback
(235mm x 156mm x 25mm)
Pages: 382
Imprint: Oxford University Press Inc
Publisher: Oxford University Press Inc
Publish Date: 1-Jan-1998
Country of Publication: United States

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Author Biography - Michael Rocke

Michael Rocke is the Nicky Mariano Librarian of the Biblioteca Berenson at Villa I Tatti, the Harvard University Center for Italian Renaissance Studies, in Florence.