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QUEER CITY: Gay London from the Romans to the Present Day

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by Peter Ackroyd

A look at London in a whole new way – through the history of its gay population.
In Roman Londinium the city was dotted with ‘wolf dens’ or public pleasure houses and hot baths. Then came the Emperor Constantine, with his bishops 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. He journeys through the coffee bars of sixties Soho to Gay Liberation, and to today’s open Queer London. Ackroyd tells us the hidden story of how it got there, celebrating its diversity, thrills and energy on the one hand; but reminding us of its very real terrors, dangers and risks on the other

272 pages hardback

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Author Peter Ackroyd
Publishers Chatto & Windus
Year of Publication 2017

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QUEER CITY: Gay London from the Romans to the Present Day
Peter Ackroyd

Peter Ackroyd looks at London in a whole new way – through the history and experiences 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 nineteenth. He journeys through the coffee bars of sixties Soho to Gay Liberation, disco music and the horror of Aids. Today, we live in an era of openness and tolerance and Queer London has become part of the new norm.

Ackroyd tells us the hidden story of how it got there, celebrating its diversity, thrills and energy on the one hand; but reminding us of its very real terrors, dangers and risks on the other.

272 pages, hardback

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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

by Peter Ackroyd

A look at London in a whole new way – through the history of its gay population.
In Roman Londinium the city was dotted with ‘wolf dens’ or public pleasure houses and hot baths. Then came the Emperor Constantine, with his bishops 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. He journeys through the coffee bars of sixties Soho to Gay Liberation, and to today’s open Queer London. Ackroyd tells us the hidden story of how it got there, celebrating its diversity, thrills and energy on the one hand; but reminding us of its very real terrors, dangers and risks on the other

272 pages hardback