The Politics of Access and Representations of the Sodomite King in Early Modern England

  title={The Politics of Access and Representations of the Sodomite King in Early Modern England},
  author={Curtis Perry},
  journal={Renaissance Quarterly},
  pages={1054 - 1083}
  • C. Perry
  • Published 1 December 2000
  • Linguistics
  • Renaissance Quarterly
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