LGBTQ+ people have always been part of London’s history, but their lives are only partially reflected in the historical record. Some groups of people are almost entirely absent, and others only appear when they transgress the laws or norms of their time. Starting with a curios case of 14th century prostitution this talk will chart the presence and absence of LGBTQ+ lives in the archive. Along the way we will meet judges, moralists and medics as well as lovers, swashbucklers and celebrities.
With no anaesthesia to dull the pain and no antiseptics to stop infection, operations in the past were a terrible ordeal and many surgeries ended in the patient's death. However sometimes, a resilient and lucky patient with a daring surgeon could survive even the most experimental of operations!