Dear Google

Just to be clear on this:

none of AElric’s Saint’s Lives deal with Homosexual saints. Most of AElfric’s saints are stridently celibate, so at best you could call them anti-sexual. I doubt AElfric had any idea about ‘Homosexuality’ as an umbrella identity, although he certainly knew some people commited acts of Sodomy. Just not his saints.

We here at Helpful Industries suggest you look elsewhere for legends about homosexual saints (I believe you will find relevant, more recent, accretions to ledgends like that of St Sebastian).

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4 Responses to “Dear Google”

  1. Chris Says:

    Are you even trying to queer your readings of these saints? Go back and read them again until you figure out a way to read them as homosexual. Perhaps there is a message spelt out with every other initial letter? Or some other elaborate coding or puns?

  2. Chrissl Says:

    I had this vague memory that the story being circulated was that Aelric himself (or one of those “AE” guys — can’t keep them, er, straight) was homosexual, due to his notably close, long-term association with another male saint. Thus he is claimed (by moderns) as the patron saint of (male) homosexuals.

    But this may just be me and my wooly brains….

  3. meli Says:

    You might be thinking of Aelred of Rievaulx, who lived in the 12th century. Some of Aelred’s writings are definitely easy to read as homo-erotic on some level. (And yep had the long term friendship thing with another monk.)

  4. Rebecca Starr Says:

    1) The term “homosexual” is only just over 100 years old. The term “heterosexual” is even newer. Thus, the concept of identity or subjectivity based on any sexual orientation would not be applicable to Anglo-Saxon England.
    2) The concept of “queer,” as in “off,” “different,” and “marginalized” can be traced in pretty much every piece of literature in existence.
    3) Was Aelfric’s work queer? Absolutely. Did Aelfric bend gender (as one might extrapolate “gender” on the basis of coeval texts) on a fairly regular basis? Oh, indeed. –And maybe what is of most interest is the theological agenda behind each one. There are examples in LOS, CH, and even his Grammar.


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