LGBT history as a whole is difficult to study, with both its legal and societal condemnation historically and today. The first attempts to study the history of homosexuality were not started until the 19th century and these were largely hampered by source scarcity and societal opinion. It was not until the mid 20th century that as a study it … More The Struggles With Lesbian History
The doomed fifth wife of King Henry VIII, has been defined as a foolish good time girl, a woman who risked her own life to gratify her lust. This representation of Katherine is one the media and historians, generally both depict. However, I believe this image of Katherine couldn’t be further from the truth. The … More Katherine Howard: Whore or Victim?
‘How repressed were the Victorians?’ asks a recent article for The British Library. Writing a convincing case for a reassessment of Victorian sexuality, Dr Holly Furneaux challenges our assumptions about Victorian attitudes to sex, while considering the many ways in which theorists such as Michel Foucault have provided ‘new ways of understanding sex and sexuality … More Angel in the castle? Queen Victoria and female sexuality in the nineteenth century.
This month in the UK is LGBT history month and in its honour I have decided to look at a figure from each group in the acronym. Lesbian – Gladys Bentley Born in 1907, Bentley left home at 16 for New York where she soon ended up in Harlem. Harlem had become known as the … More The Bulldagger of the Harlem Renaissance, The Gay Emperor, The Bisexual Pirate and the Blonde Bombshell
In 1632, at the tender age of six, Christina of Sweden inherited the throne upon the death of her father, Gustav the Great. Alike to Queen Elizabeth I Christina refused to marry, stating that ‘It is impossible for me to marry. I am absolutely certain about it…’ At her birth Christina had been mistaken for a boy … More Christina of Sweden and her Portrayal in Popular Culture.
Why is it that on hearing the word ‘witch’, I immediately think of scary old ladies? If you are anything like me and have seen one too many Disney films, it’s not hard to see where the stereotype is reinforced in our modern society. J K Rowling has done a good job at making witches … More The ‘Ideal’ Sorceress: Gender Ideology and the Stereotypical Witch.