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JackintheGreen Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Feb-05-10 09:33 AM
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2. Was King James really gay?
I enjoy these fireside chats, but was King James I really gay (or bi- or whatever). I have used my own personal mad research skills to check up on this and have found nothing conclusive.

Sam Gipp, a Baptist, of course calls it a scurrilous attack on an honorable man that occurred 25 years after his death. And most pentacostal websites seem to quote him:
http://www.baptistpillar.com/bd0060.htm

Stephen Ardent calls James a "moral and virtuous man," which for him means NO GAY SEX. That wouldn't be virtuous. Jackass. http://socyberty.com/history/king-james-the-homosexual-... /

Liberated Christians say of course he was. Most interestingly, they cite the Spanish ambassador saying "the king goes to Newcastle today, much as another monarch went to Capri." But this presupposes certain things about Tiberius in the 1st century CE. I don't know enough about the history of the Roman Empire to know if the stories of Tiberius's proclivities is substantiated fact or the rumor-mongering of his political enemies. But this is intriguing.

The only "scholarly" article I've found is from "Pastoral Psychology," written by Capps and Carlin in 2007, and they conclude the argument for his homosexuality are "largely circular and ad hominem," but then so are the arguments against it. http://www.springerlink.com/content/d10734nh768032n0 /

Any help substantiating this academically? I have access to EBSCO and JSTOR, but I shouldn't be spending any more time on this today. I have other research to be doing. Anybody have better info at their fingertips?

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