Anne Boleyn, George Boleyn, and the Ghost of Gay Rights

Now this is a very well-written, well-argued, and well-researched piece on George Boleyn’s sexuality and why the issue of it seems to be so pervasive in today’s popular culture — I highly recommend reading this! 😀

The Creation of Anne Boleyn

"The Abduction of Ganymede" (mid-17th century) by Eustache Le Sueur “The Abduction of Ganymede” (mid-17th century) by Eustache Le Sueur

The following guest post is from Gareth Russell, author of the comic novel Popular and blogger extraordinaire at Confessions of a Ci-Devant. It is a part of the guest blog series, “Across/Beyond Genres with The Tudors: Guest Posts by Novelists, Historians, Cultural Observers, Poets, Memoirists, Artists, and Bloggers.”

Same-sex attraction was a dangerous affair in the early modern period. Within Anne Boleyn’s lifetime, her husband introduced legislation that made buggery an offence punishable by death and even monarchs suspected (correctly) of having male lovers themselves, like James I (he of the Great Bible fame), felt moved to condemn it in the strongest possible terms. Given the secrecy that surrounded it by virtue of necessity, speculating who among the famous long-dead was gay, bisexual, bicurious or whatever post-nineteenth century label you want to give it, is a rich imaginative…

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