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F topics he covers There is a plethora of facts and stories assembled by Ackroyd some are funny hilarious even others heartrendingly sad He drags up some of the most unlikely names Constable Obert Pert and a seller of trinkets called Samuel Drybutter Facts such as the late Tudor name for a dildo or at least one of Drybutter Facts such as the late Tudor name for a dildo or at least one of is a shuttlecock I don t think I m going to look at the game of badminton in the same way again It was also interesting to discover that in the seventeenth century there was a male brothel on the site of Buckingham Palace One fascinating aspect of the journey through history here is the breadth depth and luxuriance of the language used over the ages We meet words like catamite sapphist ingle pathic mollie jemmy tribade tommy indorser fribble and madge We also meet a vast array of characters The law is also never far away it must be remembered that penetrative sex between men was punishable by death between 1533 and 1861 the last hangings being in 1835 Hard labour was the punishment until 1967 Ackroyd charts an ebb and flow as there were periods of time when the law was applied severely than others When he can find original voices Ackroyd makes use of them like the man arrested for lewd conduct in 1726 who said I think there is no crime in making what use I please of my own body There are ideas thrown in too Ackroyd suggests that there was a third gender in Anglo Saxon times inspired by male corpses buried with grave goods associated with women and records female monks who cut their hair short and dressed worked and lived like men Ackroyd says that our modern descriptions of what is gay or ueer need to be thoroughly revised in order to understand the past There are transvestite nights in Malory and Richard of Devizes in the twelfth century describes glabriones smooth skinned pretty boys pusi ones hustlers molles effeminates and mascularii man lovers The voices of ordinary men and women are difficult to capture but are sometimes found in the court

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Cross dressing common and clearly gender fluidity has a very long history The city itself has a central role and Ackroyd uotes Calvino Cities like dreams are made up of desires and fears even if the thread of their discourse is secret their rules absurd their perspective deceitful and everything conceals something else There is a great deal to fascinate but also a great deal of persecution and tragedy some of it truly horrific and Ackroyd charts periods a great deal of persecution and tragedy some of it truly horrific and Ackroyd charts periods particular persecution and roots them in the troubles of the times The early twentieth century apart from the two world wars being very repressiveThe ending of the history is fairly brief and everything since 1967 is packed into the last chapter which is far too brief The problem is that the last fifty years since legalization could be a rather hefty tome in itself so not everyone will be happy with Ackroyd s selectiveness It must also be remembered that this is not the history of a movement but of the city of London and its relationship with its ueer citizens over the ages The writing about Aids is poignant given that Ackroyd s long term partner died of Aids in the 1990s This is a good history alternately funny and sad written with great erudition and verve A bit limited towards the end but I suspect the modern history reuires a whole other book. We live in an era of openness and tolerance and ueer 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'Peter Ackroyd is the greatest living chronicler of London' Independe.

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ueer CityLe who might not be considered bisexual lesbian trans or ueer For these reasons I highly recommend itHowever on the other hand the book moves so uickly through time that one barely has a chance to learn much of anything It is of a rough outline of history than chance to learn much of anything It is of a rough outline of history than in depth look something that is inevitable given the vast period covered from antiuity to present At so many points I wished we could stop and take in the sights as it were but the book spirits us on regardlessAckroyd seems uninterested or perhaps just uninformed on the events of the 20th Century While previous centuries go on at length about various actors both significant and insignificant the 20th Century is of an Afterthought I Don T Think A Single I don t think a single Century personage besides Joe Orton gains mention Only one activist group the Gay Liberation Front merits mention there is no discussion of the specific activist groups during the AIDS crisis or even the now famous Lesbians and Gays Support the MinersThe book unfortunately also relies on the strange new fictive history of trans people relegating us as a 21st century phenomenon that came after gay rights with the so called transgender tipping point This ignores the history much of the book has already discussed of people living cross gender lives throughout the life of London Though seemingly congratulatory towards recent strides made by trans people he takes swipes at identity politics and treats trans people opposing anti trans radical feminists as crazy This section is so poorly researched that he manages even to misspell Paris Lees name and repeat the tabloid fiction that another trans woman is the first trans Muslim That this is the note the book ends on leaves a bad taste in one s mouthThe final problem is that of all popular histories there are no footnotes or references making it nearly impossible to track down any of the facts oneself despite the long bibliography at the back As a pop historian it drives me a little madStill I m giving the book four stars because it s otherwise delightful from start to nearly finish and can easily serve as a fun introduction to LGBT history in the UK for a non academic audience who might enjoy learning a slice of history Book received from NetGalleyFirst and foremost this particular history book is not for everyone the subject matter can be very divisive even though the author is a marvelous researcher and writer of British history This is one of my auto buy authors I love his books especially his non fiction He somehow finds a way to bring his subject to life and draw the reader in This book is no different even though the subject matter can be hard to read at times Unlike many of his history books this one is very short This is due to how little information on the LGBT community in the earliest parts of the historical record When it does show up for many years it s found in the trial records The book mostly focuses on the Gay community in London there Ackroyd is a prolific and thorough writer novelist and biographer He has written other histories of London including ones on the Thames and the underground of London not just the tube This is about the history through the ages of the gay population of London There is an issue of terms to use gay ueer homosexual Ackroyd settles for ueer to cover the whole range Ssionaries And so began an endless loop of alternating permissiveness and censureAckroyd 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 century He journeys through the coffee bars of sixties Soho to Gay Liberation disco music and the horror of AIDSToday. .