Michaela Jae Rodriguez
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15 Gay Romances of the Renaissance Era

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11. Sir Francis Bacon and Tobie Matthew

The father of modern science also experimented in the bedroom. At the risk of own life at a time when some of his relatives were executed for homosexual desires, Bacon had numerous relationships with men. He suffered a censure for the acts in 1621. According to researcher Rictor Norton, the greatest relationship of his life was with Tobie Matthew, who met Bacon when the youth performed in a play at Gray’s Inn. The two were soon lodging together at the York House, and Matthew would inspire Bacon’s famed essay “Of Friendship.”

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