Sexual crime and political conflict: An Alsatian nobleman is burned to death with his male lover in 1482

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Ocker, Christopher 2019. Sexual crime and political conflict: An Alsatian nobleman is burned to death with his male lover in 1482. in: U. Lotz-Heumann (ed.) A Sourcebook of Early Modern History: Life, Death, and Everything in Between London, United Kingdom: Routledge. pp. 115 - 117
AuthorsOcker, Christopher
EditorsU. Lotz-Heumann
Abstract

[Extract] In medieval and early modern Europe, ‘sodomy’ could refer to any sexual contact that intentionally resulted in non- procreative ejaculation, including but not limited to contact between men. Although sodomy had been progressively criminalized as a capital offense since the twelfth century, the prosecution of homosexuals as sodomites was rare. Homosexuality was sometimes quite public, in bath houses, for example, and there is little evidence that gay people formed a hidden social group. Gay sex could be routinely indulged, and when sexual persecution did occur, its context was broadly political, as illustrated by the execution of Richard Puller of Hohenburg, an Alsatian nobleman.

Page range115 - 117
Year2019
Book titleA Sourcebook of Early Modern History: Life, Death, and Everything in Between
PublisherRoutledge
Place of publicationLondon, United Kingdom
ISBN9780815373537
Web address (URL)https://search.ebscohost.com/login.aspx?direct=true&db=nlebk&AN=2006641&site=ehost-live&scope=site
Research GroupInstitute for Religion and Critical Inquiry
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