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A fascinating portrait of gay men and women whose lives have influenced society at large, as well contemporary gay culture. Robert Aldrich is Professor of European History at the University of Sydney. He is the author of The Age of Empires and editor of Gay Life and Culture: A World History, both also published by Thames & Hudson.

128 illustrations 19.8 x 12.9cm 304pp paperback ISBN 978 0 500 292310 January £12.99

Gay Life Stories

New in paperback

Robert Aldrich


A collection of biographical essays on prominent gay figures, Gay Life Stories gives a voice to more than 80 people from every major continent and from all walks of life. It includes poets and philosophers, rulers and spies, activists and artists. Alongside such celebrated figures as Michelangelo, Frederick the Great and Harvey Milk are lesser-known but no less surprising individuals: Dong Xian and the Chinese emperor Ai, whose passion flourished in the 1st century BC; the unfortunate Robert de Péronne, first to be burned at the stake for sodomy; Katherine Philips, writing proto-lesbian poetry in 17th-century England; and ‘Aimée’ and ‘Jaguar’, whose love defied the death camps of wartime Germany. With many striking illustrations – including paintings, drawings, photographs and archival documents – Gay Life Stories will entertain, give pause for thought, and ultimately celebrate the diversity of human history.

‘A colourful compendium of same-sex love through the ages’ The Independent ‘An upbeat and inspirational take on the heroes and heroines from history who have pushed a same sex love agenda’ Gay Times

Thames & Hudson Spring 2016 Catalogue  
Thames & Hudson Spring 2016 Catalogue