Just a little something
Posted by P. Bingham on November 16, 1997 at 03:54:49:
In response to A comment on Northanger and a couple of thoughts.., written by Elissa on October 13, 1997 at 23:38:23
Regarding conventions, I read that "unnatural vice" was frowned upon, especially by the Prince Regent, who liked his vices simple, clean, and straightforward. Sodomy was still a capital offence. A London jury took only ten minutes to find a verdict of guilty against a waiter accused by a stable-boy in 1815, and the man was executed promptly, although large numbers of the thiefs and murderers were respited as usual. Homosexuality was known to be widespread at the time, but the law was strictly enforced, and the conspiracy of silence was preserved!
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