29th February, 7pm Winchester Discovery Centre
‘Searching for my knights in shining armour; Queering the Middle Ages in scholarship and medievalism.’
In his talk, Karl will explore the modern Queering of the Middle Ages in scholarship and popular medievalism. The talk will focus on how the normalisation of LGBT identities in western society in last decades of the twentieth century has led to a search for evidence for LGBT lives throughout history. It will simultaneously explore how the LGBT liberation and claiming of the past have triggered a medievalist invention of the gay Middle Ages, best represented in popular culture by one of Game of Throne’s knight’s in shining armour Loras Tyrell.