By B. Burg
Boys at Sea is a learn of homoerotic lifestyles within the Royal military in the course of the age of sail. It offers not just with intercourse between traditional crewmen, yet finds that the main constant characteristic of prosecutions for sodomy and indecency concerned officials forcing their attentions on ships' boys. The publication strains each characteristic of sexuality at sea, and gives a probing examine a dismal and terrifying element of the lives of kids who served in Britain's warships.
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Foote was acquitted, but even having been accused of sodomy, in eighteenth-century England, could weigh heavily. 42 The theater and musical entertainments were integral parts of life in Georgian England, and men of the Royal Navy were ardent theater patrons on ship and ashore, both at home and abroad. Officers regularly encouraged on-board plays and entertainments at sea, and sailors participated and attended these shows with considerable enthusiasm, on several occasions attempting to write for their own productions.
49 The idea that sodomites, those once stigmatized only for engaging in a proscribed act, had acquired an identity and evolved into a brotherhood of like-minded men was present early-on even in the literature of the street. In The Woman-Hater’s Lamentation, a 1707 broadside written to be sung to the tune of “Ye Pretty Sailors All,” stereotyping is readily apparent, and the cognizance of a homoerotic fellowship emerges clearly. ”50 Edward “Ned” Ward, one of the most popular and prolific humorists of the age, also emphasized the effeminate nature of mollies in The Modern World Disrobed, published in 1708.
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Boys at Sea: Sodomy, Indecency, and Courts Martial in Nelson's Navy by B. Burg