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Queer City: Gay London from the Romans to the Present Day

Peter Ackroyd

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Historian Peter Ackroyd chronicles LGBTQ+ life in London from the ancient era to the modern day.

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Queer City: Gay London from the Romans to the Present Day

Queer City: Gay London from the Romans to the Present Day

by Peter Ackroyd

Overview

London is well known for having a flourishing LGBTQ+ community in the modern day, whether in its nightlife or political organizations. But there has always been a visible LGBTQ+ community in the U.K.'s capital city, even during severely homophobic times. The trajectory from oppression to tolerance has not been linear, and homophobia has often increased as a reaction to other anxieties in Britain. Peter Ackroyd is an acclaimed English biographer, novelist, and historian whose works include London: The Biography and The History of England.

In Queer City: Gay London from the Romans to the Present Day, Ackroyd shows readers that LGBTQ+ people have always been able to find community and opportunity in London.

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The love that dares not speak its name has never stopped talking. If it was once 'peccatum illud horribile, inter christianos non nominandum' – that horrible crime not to be named among Christians – it has since been endlessly discussed.

- Peter Ackroyd

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