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Sent: 22 October 2012 14:16 John Boswell's work on Same-Sex Unions cannot merely be offered to non-specialists as representing one facet of the scholarly debates around a topic in the history of sexuality. His book was based on texts that require specialist understanding, deep context, and a very thorough knowledge of arcane subjects like liturgical conventions. Unlike his meticulous handling of medieval literature in his first book, and subsequent articles, his late work was unworthy of his own standards. Students should not be given bad scholarship as if it were equal to sound work, and told that all scholarship is, you know, "historically situated" and "point of view." Very strong and rigorous scholarship has created the field of history of sexuality in antiquity and the middle ages, a field notable for its high entrance credentials and exacting treatment of texts. It is very important to maintain this intellectual level, not weaken it for polemical reasons. NP Professor Nancy Partner Department of History McGill University firstname.lastname@example.org