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Advanced Search Find a Library. American Sociological Association. Mendelsohn argued that Boswell failed to establish his two basic contentions: that adelphopoiesis literally "creation of brothers" was a ceremony akin to marriage rather than a celebration of a ritualized friendship, probably intended for the reconciliation of heads of households, as argued by previous scholars who had considered the matter such as Giovanni Tamassia and Paul Koschaker , and that homosexual lovers were commonly characterized in the Classical and early Medieval worlds as "brothers".
These are more interpretive questions and therefore almost necessarily must have less conclusive answers, but Boswell certainly wants to encourage the reader to believe that they were. The Christian Century.
In these books, he makes the cumulative argument that, counter to many modern ideas about the reception of homosexuality in the Catholic Church, that as late as the twelfth century, clergy showed no particular concern or disdain toward the subject, and even openly celebrated same-sex unions.