Books by John Boswell

SAME-SEX UNIONS IN PREMODERN EUROPE by John Boswell
NON-FICTION
Released: July 1, 1994

"Well worth the attention of anyone with a serious interest in the social and spiritual history of love and marriage."
Boswell (History/Yale; Christianity, Social Tolerance, and Homosexuality, not reviewed) convincingly establishes that, from ancient times to the 18th century, throughout Christian Europe, same-sex union rituals honored a form of ``gay marriage.'' Working from church manuscripts, mainly in ancient Greek, that describe the ceremonies, Boswell carefully traces the historical context in which these practices occurred, exploring premodern beliefs about love and marriage, both gay and heterosexual. Read full book review >