Tuesday, June 07, 2011

Question from Guy - Roland Lee comment

LP, X, no. 129: Roland Lee wrote 'Please send me my lover Mr. Gregory...';

Was lover used in a different way then, or was he openly homosexual?

1 comment:

Susan Higginbotham said...

I don't believe there was any sexual connotation in that context. John Howard, Duke of Norfolk, used the word in a similar fashion when in 1485, while preparing to resist the invasion of Henry Tudor, he wrote a letter to John Paston urging him to bring "seche company of tall men" to meet him. He signed the letter, "Yower lover." (Paston apparently didn't cooperate.)