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What's Queer about Europe?Productive Encounters and Re-enchanting Paradigms$
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Mireille Rosello and Sudeep Dasgupta

Print publication date: 2014

Print ISBN-13: 9780823255351

Published to Fordham Scholarship Online: September 2014

DOI: 10.5422/fordham/9780823255351.001.0001

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(Same-Sex) Marriage and the Making of Europe

(Same-Sex) Marriage and the Making of Europe

Renaissance Rome Revisited

(p.27) (Same-Sex) Marriage and the Making of Europe
What's Queer about Europe?

Gary Ferguson

Fordham University Press

This essay will examine stories of alleged marriages contracted between men in sixteenth-century Rome and explore a number of interrelated social, political, and sexual questions set within a European context. For example, did these marriages set out to reproduce the conditions of a heterosexual union? Or might it have resembled the sworn or ‘wedded’ friendship/brotherhood practised throughout the Middle Ages? Besides, some of the men executed in Rome for marrying among themselves were not Italians but foreigners – Spaniards and Portuguese. To what extent was the execution linked to the recent conquest and annexation of Portugal by Spain, as well as to the obeisance that both nations pay to the Pope. A whole series of sexual and political imbrications is thus suggested.

Keywords:   Renaissance, Rome, Marriage, Brotherhood, Montaigne

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