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Mike Franke wrote:I could have sworn that I saw an article on how they mutilate your body 2 times (for 2 "infringements") and then the 3rd time, they outright killed you by execution. Bah... whatever...
Just wanted to comment on one part of JiCi's post, the assertion that it was standard to kill people for being gay in middle age Europe. There is a lot of evidence that Homosexuality was not only tolerated but preferred over living single. The general reason for this appears to be that couples are more productive than single people and in a world where life hangs by a thread any boost in productivity was valued.
Of course I am sure there were exception and moments in time where this was not the case but in general middle age Europe did not kill people just for being gay.
The Middle Ages was a 1,000 year period spanning multiple continents and hundreds of cultures that changed as the decades passed. I really don't think we can come anywhere close to generalizing how LGBT individuals were viewed and treated, because there must have been hundreds of different legal responses to the issues. I really wouldn't be surprised if each of you were correct for a few locations and time periods.