Venice in the Fifteenth to Eighteenth Centuries: Joy Lynn Fielding

Venice in the Fifteenth to Eighteenth Centuries: Joy Lynn Fielding

Apr 12, 2013

My purse, my person, my extremest means, Lie all unlock’d to your occasions. —Said by Antonio to Bassanio in The Merchant of Venice (1.1.46). While Shakespearean scholars disagree whether or not Antonio and Bassanio were lovers, there is no doubt that Venice has a history in which homosexual acts were common enough to trouble the authorities greatly...