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Queer City

(2017)
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Peter Ackroyd is our preeminent chronicler of London. In Queer City, he looks at the metropolis in a whole new way - through the history and experiences of its gay population. In Roman Londinium the penis was worshipped and homosexuality was considered admirable. 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 and clergy, monks and missionaries. His rule was accompanied by the first laws against queer practices.

What followed was an endless loop of alternating permissiveness and censure, from the notorious Normans, whose military might depended on masculine loyalty, and the fashionable female transvestism of the 1620s; to the frenzy of executions for sodomy in the early 1800s and the 'gay plague' in the 1980s.

Ackroyd takes us right into this hidden city, celebrating its diversity, thrills and energy on the one hand; but reminding us of its very real terrors, dangers and risks on the other. In a city of superlatives, it is perhaps this endless sexual fluidity and resilience that epitomise the real triumph of London.

'Peter Ackroyd is the greatest living chronicler of London' Independent

    

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May 2018 : USA Hardback
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Title: Queer City: Gay London from the Romans to the Present Day
Author(s): Peter Ackroyd
ISBN: 1-4197-3099-1 / 978-1-4197-3099-3 (USA edition)
Publisher: Abrams Press
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May 2017 : UK Hardback
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Title: Queer City: Gay London from the Romans to the Present Day
Author(s): Peter Ackroyd
ISBN: 0-7011-8880-4 / 978-0-7011-8880-1 (UK edition)
Publisher: Chatto & Windus
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Paperback Editions

May 2018 : UK Paperback

Title: Queer City: Gay London from the Romans to the Present Day
Author(s): Peter Ackroyd
ISBN: 0-09-959294-0 / 978-0-09-959294-5 (UK edition)
Publisher: Vintage
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May 2017 : UK Paperback
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Title: Queer City: Gay London from the Romans to the Present Day
Author(s): Peter Ackroyd
ISBN: 0-7011-8881-2 / 978-0-7011-8881-8 (UK edition)
Publisher: Chatto & Windus
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May 2017 : Canada, UK Kindle edition
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Title: Queer City: Gay London from the Romans to the Present Day
Author(s): Peter Ackroyd
Publisher: Vintage Digital
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