March 20, 2008

NO ONE QUESTIONS WINSTON PARADING AROUND THE WHITE HOUSE NAKED:

Richard I slept with French king 'but not gay' (Nicole Martin, 18/03/2008, Daily Telegraph)

For 60 years academics have puzzled over the sexual orientation of Richard the Lionheart.

Theories that the English king was homosexual were first suggested in 1948, stemming from a night he spent in the same bed as Philip II, king of France.

But Prof John Gillingham, a former history professor at the London School of Economics, told the Radio Times: "The idea wasn't even mooted until 1948 and it stems from an official record announcing that, as a symbol of unity between the two countries, the kings of France and England had slept the night in the same bed.

"It was an accepted political act, nothing sexual about it; just two politicians literally getting into bed together, a bit like a modern-day photo opportunity."


And if they were on the down low, the frog was certainly the catcher.

Posted by Orrin Judd at March 20, 2008 7:29 PM
Comments

Those days, strangers of the same gender who happened to be in the same hostelry might have to share a bed too.

Posted by: ic at March 20, 2008 8:46 PM

That would be, "strangers of the same sex," of course. (HT: Lou Gots).

Posted by: Random Lawyer at March 20, 2008 9:18 PM

Sounds like a political version of bundling.

Posted by: PapayaSF at March 20, 2008 10:16 PM

Oh, good, it is "down low". This phrase just entered my consciousness, so to speak, and I thought it was "low down", which would have ruined that 1970's Boz Scaggs song for me forever. Boz seems more nerdy than sodo, anyway...

Posted by: Jorge Curioso at March 21, 2008 7:29 AM
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