Michaela Jae Rodriguez
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15 Gay Romances of the Renaissance Era

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8. Marc-Antoine Muret and Memmius Fremiot

The city of love wasn’t tolerant enough to accept the French humanist Marc-Antoine Muret in the 1500s. According to historian Gary Ferguson, Muret took up with Memmius Fremot only to face charges of sodomy. The two men fled the city separately and were convicted in absentia, but Muret continued to communicate with Fremot of their overwhelming love that grew daily. Muret would flee to Venice and later Rome before finding a teaching position in an environment that offered more privacy, according to Aldrich and Wotherspoon.

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