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Book Review Same Sex Unions in Premodern Europe by John BoswellThe question of same-sex unions and their legitimacy in many different societies is a topic that has been hotly debated for centuries One society in particular is pre-modern Europe Noted author and historian Dr John Boswell looks extensively at the topic of same-sex unions in his book Same Sex Unions in Premodern Europe Dr Boswell argues extensively in his book that the Catholic and Eastern Orthodox churches not only sanctioned unions between partners of the same sex but actually sanctified them This critique examines some specific aspects of the book and analyzes them Before an analysis of the Same Sex Unions in Premodern Europe can be evaluated its important to know a little about the author himself and what he stood forDr Boswell was a professor at Yale University and Chairman of Yales history department for many years He was an award winning scholar author and historian In addition to writing Same Sex Unions in Premodern Europe he also wrote several other works such as Christianity Social Tolerance and Homosexuality Two of his greatest professional achievements included being a Woodrow Wilson Fellow and a Fulbright scholar It is his extensive training as a Historian and an understanding of his own homosexuality that gave him unique insight into the writing of Same Sex Unions in Premodern EuropeIn Same Sex Unions in Modern Europe Boswell takes a highly controversial position in saying that the Catholic and Eastern Orthodox churches actually sanctified same sex unions while at the same time presenting his viewpoints in such a way that any well educated historian would very carefully He almost contradicts himself at several points in the book and mentions that his ideas are subject to debate among his peersBoswell in writing this book has essentially established a Premodern Europe where heterosexual marriage was largely ignored by pagans and discouraged by the church Also according to Boswell men would essentially
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