By William E. Burgwinkle
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
Print Publication Year:2004
Online Publication Date:September 2009
Subjects: Anglo Saxon and Medieval Literature
Shedding new light on the representations of masculinity and same-sex desire in medieval literature, William Burgwinkle offers a historical survey of attitudes towards same-sex love during the Middle Ages. His studies of a wide range of texts reveal that medieval attitudes towards sexual preferences were much broader than usually conceded. Although most texts of the period denounced sodomy, Burgwinkle reveals how some also endorsed it, however inadvertently.