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Volume 16 – PRIDE – PDF edition

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Volume 16 – PRIDE: Editor’s notes

LGBTQ+ history month takes place in February in the UK every year. It is important to learn about queer individuals from the past as representation helps to shape acceptance in modern society. Furthermore, queer individuals often feel isolated until they learn about the depth and variety of queer history. From history comes the words ‘you are not alone’.

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A King and His Husband: Edward II and the Earl of Cornwall

by Robert Curtis 

Picture the scene: the year is 1308, and Edward II wears the crown of England. Except today, he has left the crown at home – it’s a tiresome old thing, after all, and he’s worn it for several months without much chance for a break. Here he comes now, strolling through his palace gardens, his burnished hair a graceful river that tumbles down to his shoulders and frames a face made for laughter.

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Pride in the Eighteenth Century?: William Brown and Molly Houses

by Mark A Jones

On 11th July 1726, William Brown was making his way along a walk in Moorfields, London. This was a notorious place where men could pick up other men. He spotted somebody he thought he knew would be interested in sex and stopped by a wall to pretend to ‘make water’. Brown moved closer to the other man, made some comments on the evening’s weather, and then proceeded to guide the man’s hand into his breeches, ‘and put his Privities into it.’ However, the man in question, Thomas Newton, had ulterior motives and had set this up as a trap.

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The Trial of Princess Seraphina: The First Recognisable Drag Queen in English History

by Bethan Davis

Princess Seraphina, whose real name was John Cooper, was the first recognisable drag queen in English history, who took Thomas Gordon to court for stealing his clothes in 1732. The trial of Princess Seraphina was a captivating and enigmatic moment in LGBT+ history; sodomy was a capital punishment, and whilst Gordon outed Cooper as a sodomite in his defence speech, Cooper was never persecuted for his sexuality.

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Lovers and Literature: Uncovering the Queer past of Knole House through the lens of Orlando

By Hannah McCann

The grand country house of Knole is situated in 1,000 acres of Kent countryside near Sevenoaks and has been around since the 14th century. Knole is the setting of our story.

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From the street corner to stardom: The incredible life of Josephine Baker

By Hannah McCann

If you were to travel to St. Louis, Missouri, to the Union Station in the early 1900s, you would see a young black girl playing in the railway yard and making her money by dancing on the street corner. This girl is Freda Josephine McDonald who was born in St. Louis on June 3, 1906. She would grow up to become Josephine Baker – the trailblazing singer, soldier, spy and Civil Rights activist. 

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Law and Society: The History of Law

By Finley Hammatt

Law is and has historically been elevated to a divine status. In 1776, during the revolutionary war against Britain, the thirteen colonies put forth the declaration of independence whereby they laid down supposedly “self-evident” “truths” intended to form the foundation of the colonies governing ideology. Among them was the proclamation that “men are… endowed by their creator with certain unalienable rights”.

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Volume 15 – Celebration – PDF edition

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