Forbidden Friendships: Homosexuality and Male Culture in Renaissance Florence by Michael Rocke (ISBN - 9780195122925)
(USED) Good condition. Some wrinkling in corners of front cover.
"The men of Renaissance Florence were so renowned for sodomy that 'Florenzer' in German meant 'sodomite'. In the late fifteenth century... the ''Office of the Night' was created specifically to police sodomy in Florence.
Seventy years of denunciations, interrogations, and sentencings left an extraordinarily detailed record, which author Michael Rocke has used in his vivid depcition of this vibrant sexual culture in a world where these same-sex acts were not the deviant transgressions of a small minority, but an integral part of a normal masculine identity."