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Kings and favourites: politics and sexuality in late medieval Europe
Örebro University, School of Humanities, Education and Social Sciences.ORCID iD: 0000-0002-2253-5896
Department of History, Uppsala University, Uppsala, Sweden.
2017 (English)In: Journal of Medieval History, ISSN 0304-4181, E-ISSN 1873-1279, Vol. 43, no 3, 298-319 p.Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

This article examines the use of discursive sodomy' in political critique against five late medieval monarchs and their favourites. Sources from Castile, England and Sweden reveal common themes that recur. Contemporary sources frequently stated that the king's love for his favourite was excessive and beyond measure; that the favourite was always by the king's side and thereby hindered others from approaching him. Critics further claimed that the king showed no moderation in his generosity toward the favourite and that the difference in rank between the two men made their relationship suspicious. This paper argues that all four themes included allusions to same-sex desire with the purpose of implying that the natural order and hierarchies were put in jeopardy. The main issue at hand was that the king had been seduced or even bewitched and therefore was no longer in control. He had let another man dominate him.

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Routledge, 2017. Vol. 43, no 3, 298-319 p.
Keyword [en]
Sexuality, political critique, monarchy, kingship, favourites, Castile, England, Sweden, Magnus Eriksson, Edward II, Richard II, Juan II, Enrique IV
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URN: urn:nbn:se:oru:diva-58798DOI: 10.1080/03044181.2017.1322999ISI: 000402888500003Scopus ID: 2-s2.0-85019624631OAI: oai:DiVA.org:oru-58798DiVA: diva2:1128520
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Swedish Research Council: 'Heteronormative Rulership. Politics, Sexuality, and Propaganda in Late Medieval Europe', Vetenskapsrådet  2010-1578

Available from: 2017-07-26 Created: 2017-07-26 Last updated: 2017-10-18Bibliographically approved

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