Senior Lecturer in History and Programme Leader for BA History recommends:
Alan Bray, Homosexuality in Renaissance England (1982):
A pioneering study charting shifting attitudes towards physical and emotional intimacies between men between the late middle ages and early Enlightenment.
Judith C. Brown, Immodest Acts: the life of a Lesbian Nun in Renaissance Italy (1986)
A good example of the genre of microhistory, focusing on Sister Benedetta Carlini, Abbess of the Convent of the Mother of God, who conducted an affair with another nun.
Cynthia B. Herrup, A House in Gross Disorder: Sex, Law and the 2nd Earl of Castlehaven (1999)
A case study of a seventeenth-century cause celebre involving the downfall of a powerful man following accusations of rape and sodomy.