The Friend



The Friend In the chapel of Christ s College, Cambridge, some twenty years ago, historian Alan Bray made an astonishing discovery a tomb shared by two men, John Finch and Thomas Baines The monument featured eloquent imagery dedicated to their friendship portraits of the two friends linked by a knotted cloth And Bray would soon learn that Finch commonly described his friendship with Baines as a connubium or marriage There was a time, as made clear by this monument, when the English church not only revered such relations between men, but also blessed them Taking this remarkable idea as its cue, The Friend explores the long and storied relationship between friendship and the traditional family of the church in England This magisterial work extends from the year 1000, when Europe acquired a shape that became its enduring form, and pursues its account up to the eighteenth and nineteenth centuries Spanning a vast array of fascinating examples, which range from memorial plaques and burial brasses to religious rites and theological imagery to classic works of philosophy and English literature, Bray shows how public uses of private affection were very common in premodern times He debunks the now familiar readings of friendship by historians of sexuality who project homoerotic desires onto their subjects when there were none And perhaps most notably, he evaluates how the ethics of friendship have evolved over the centuries, from traditional emphases on loyalty to the Kantian idea of moral benevolence to the private and sexualized idea of friendship that emerged during the modern era.Finely nuanced and elegantly conceived, The Friend is a book rich in suggestive propositions as well as eye opening details It will be essential reading for anyone interested in the history of England and the importance of friendship in everyday life History Today s Book of the Year, 2004 Bray s loving coupledom is something with a proper historical backbone, with substance and form, something you can trace over time, visible and archeologicable Bray made a great contribution in helping to bring this long history to light James Davidson, LondonReview of Books Download The Friend By Alan Bray – bluevapours.co.uk

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  • Hardcover
  • 392 pages
  • The Friend
  • Alan Bray
  • English
  • 13 August 2017
  • 0226071804

10 thoughts on “The Friend

  1. Chris says:

    Something of an update of John Boswell s Same Sex Unions in Premodern Europe, this is a nuanced and carefully considered history of a premodern mode of friendship that was ritually sworn and affirmed, not entire...

  2. Christina says:

    Scholarly overview of the nature of friendship in England from the 13th 19th centuries Very interesting stuff related to the public role friendship played and the various ways it was recognized, but dense, scholarly writing which makes the bookwork than play.

  3. Logan says:

    Most valuable book I ve read on understanding male friendship and framing the conversation on how we understand same gendered relationships in the Pre Modern World Dense and meticulous at times, but well worth the effort.

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