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By Michael G. Cornelius

The narrative re-tellings of the lifestyles, reign, and dying of the English King Edward II (reigned 1307–1327) current a distinct chance for students of sexuality within the early glossy period. the reason is, the works of authors like Christopher Marlowe, Michael Drayton, Sir Francis Hubert, Elizabeth Cary, and Richard Niccols have been all encouraged by way of the general public, cultural reminiscence shaped from Edward’s same-sex love affair with Piers Gaveston. As such, each one of them provides a specific illustration of and a selected discourse approximately male-male sexual family within the Renaissance. In different phrases, what those works current is a centred physique of literature approximately same-sex love within the early smooth period: works that overtly and albeit discover the prospective origins of the affection, the explanations and explanations for it; works that discover the ramifications of male-male romantic relationships; works that discover the sexual politics and sociocultural dynamics of same-sex romantic partnerships; and works that describe and denote same-sex love from an English Renaissance viewpoint. This research seems at all of the significant Renaissance texts approximately Edward II and examines the potential during which each one textual content knows and analyzes the character of male-male same-sex love. From Marlowe’s crafting of a lover-identity for Edward to Drayton’s obsession with Marlowe’s model of (gay) heritage; from Hubert’s Augustinian building of Edward’s nature to Cary’s id with the fallen king to Niccols’ encouraged exemplum, what every one of those works demonstrates is that the “love that dare no longer converse its identify” wouldn't be silenced, not less than no longer on the subject of Edward and Gaveston. while one sees the identify Edward II, one additionally sees his same-sex loves. The correlation has develop into ingrained into our public bear in mind of historical past. therefore, so far as the realm is worried, Edward II was—and ever will be—the homosexual king.

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