Dark Age sexualities – part three

In his last LGBT History Month post, Professor Ross Balzaretti, Department of History, concludes his examination of sexuality in the Dark Ages. It is frequently presumed that women in the distant past had no or little voice in public affairs. This is far from true. For example, in the Carolingian Empire (which covered most of modern …

Dark Age sexualities – part two

In his second post, Professor Ross Balzaretti, Department of History, continues to explore sexuality in the Dark Ages. Alcuin of York, one of the most influential advisors of Charlemagne (the famous emperor of the west in the early ninth century), may have been gay. That, at least, is the conclusion of some of those who …

Amazing events for LGBT History Month

February is LGBT History Month, and we’re taking the opportunity to celebrate and explore LGBT culture. We’ve got public lectures, film screenings, music and poetry readings taken place on campus and beyond. Confirmed events are listed here and we’ll be adding more — let us know if you’re running a staff and student event which …