Jump to ContentJump to Main Navigation
Visions of SodomReligion, Homoerotic Desire, and the End of the World in England, c. 1550-1850$
Users without a subscription are not able to see the full content.

H. G. Cocks

Print publication date: 2017

Print ISBN-13: 9780226438665

Published to Chicago Scholarship Online: September 2017

DOI: 10.7208/chicago/9780226438832.001.0001

Show Summary Details
Page of

PRINTED FROM CHICAGO SCHOLARSHIP ONLINE (www.chicago.universitypressscholarship.com). (c) Copyright University of Chicago Press, 2020. All Rights Reserved. An individual user may print out a PDF of a single chapter of a monograph in CHSO for personal use.date: 17 February 2020

City of Destruction

City of Destruction

(p.57) Chapter Two City of Destruction
Visions of Sodom

H. G. Cocks

University of Chicago Press

Sodom was also the archetype of the iniquitous city, where sin reached its apogee. The immorality of the modern city was decried by godly preachers, not least in the Paul's Cross sermons delivered at St. Paul's in London and in Fast Day sermons after 1640. There, they denounced the failings of the contemporary polity, including fornication, atheism, irreligion, and sodomy. England was said to be like Sodom, teetering on the brink of destruction. These analogies were given force by folk tales and legends inspired by the original Sodom story which told of cities swallowed up by water or destroyed by fire for their immorality and corruption. These marks of divine vengeance could be seen in the landscape. The Paul's Cross and Fast Day sermons mention homoerotic behaviour, but do not believe that it is widespread in England. However, preachers did identify it as one of the sins of Sodom that lived on in the present.

Keywords:   city, sermons, Jeremiad, Paul's Cross, Fast Day, St. Paul's, London

Chicago Scholarship Online requires a subscription or purchase to access the full text of books within the service. Public users can however freely search the site and view the abstracts and keywords for each book and chapter.

Please, subscribe or login to access full text content.

If you think you should have access to this title, please contact your librarian.

To troubleshoot, please check our FAQs, and if you can't find the answer there, please contact us.