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Title:Uncovering Homosexuality in Colonial South Africa: The Case of Bishop Twells
Author:Southey, NicholasISNI
Periodical:South African Historical Journal
Geographic term:South Africa
Religion and Witchcraft
History and Exploration
Law, Human Rights and Violence
Peoples of Africa (Ethnic Groups)
External link:https://www.tandfonline.com/doi/abs/10.1080/02582479708671268
Abstract:The Anglican Bishop of the Orange Free State, Edward Twells, who had arrived in Bloemfontein, South Africa, in October 1863, fled the town in July 1869 after rumours had begun to spread that he was under investigation by the local magistrate for alleged misconduct with boys. This study reconstructs the experience and life of Edward Twells in this small and fractious frontier community during the 1860s, and explores the ways in which society sought to expunge and deny the validity of that experience. It also examines the ways in which society utilized Twells's homosexuality to suit itself. His sodomy was used by political opponents in an attempt to rid the region of foreign influence, while religious foes sought to undermine sections of the church. In some ways, homosexuality and sodomy were secondary issues in the conflicts of the period. Notes, ref.