Mother Clap's Molly House: The Gay Subculture in England 1700-1830

Mother Clap's Molly House: The Gay Subculture in England 1700-1830 by Rictor Norton

ISBN10: 0854491880
ISBN13: 978-0854491889
Author: Rictor Norton
Title: Mother Clap's Molly House: The Gay Subculture in England 1700-1830
Publisher: Heretic Books; 1st edition. edition (1992)
Language: English
Size ePub: 1540 kb
Size PDF: 1357 kb
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Mother Clap's Molly House: The Gay Subculture in England 1700-1830 by Rictor Norton



This pioneering historical study is the first comprehensive chronicle of the English gay community at its 18th-century roots, sporting for the first time a distinctive subculture with its "molly houses", "sodomites' walks", "maiden names" and gay slang. Rictor Norton's research into trial records and contemporary documents establishes a vital cornerstone for the reconstruction of gay history.
Challenging in its demonstration that the molly subculture was primarily a working-class community of blacksmiths, milkmen, publicans and shopkeepers, Mother Clap's Molly House also records the exuberant lives of personalities such as Charles Hitchin the "thief-taker", the dramatists Samuel Foote and Isaac Bickerstaff, William Beckford of Fonthill, and Rev. John Church, prosecuted for his blessing of gay marriages. All these are set against a backdrop of persecution, blackmail and the pillory. And yes, "Mother Clap's" actually was the name of a prominent molly house!

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