In May 1994 a session entitled "Queer Iberia" formed part of the 29th
International Congress on Medieval Studies at Western Michigan Univer-
sity in Kalamazoo, Michigan. That occasion, modest in scope, with only a
few participants, fired the opening salvo in a dialogue that over the past
few years has become the wide-ranging, collective scholarly inquiry we
present in this volume. Throughout our editorial work on Queer Iberia we
have benefited from the support of colleagues and institutions, and it is
our felicitous task to acknowledge that support here. We extend our thanks
first off to the Society for the Study of Homosexuality in the Middle Ages
for sponsoring the original Kalamazoo session and for provid-
ing a forum within which to begin exploring issues that were, even at that
late date, still taboo in most circles of medieval scholars. We owe much to
the two anonymous readers for Duke University Press for their discerning
and meticulous readings of the manuscript and for the many suggestions
that substantially improved both individual essays and the volume as a
whole; also to Catherine Brown and Anne J. Cruz for their comments on
earlier drafts of the introduction. Sara Lipton gave generously of her ex-
pertise as an art historian, while Linde Brocato assisted in tracking down
illustrative material. Our thanks to George Greenia, editor of La coronica,
not only for his great enthusiasm for the project since its inception but
for granting permission to reprint portions of essays by Josiah Blackmore
and Louise O. Vasvari that originally appeared in La coronica's pages. We
also wish to acknowledge the University of Chicago Press, which gave its
permission to reprint a revised version of the first chapter of Mark D. Jor-
dan's The Invention ofSodomy in Christian Theology (1997). The University
of Illinois at Chicago's Office of the Vice Chancellor for Research and the
Program for cultural Cooperation between Spain's Ministry of Education
and Culture and United States' Universities provided support in the form of
generous publishing subsidies, without which we would never have dared
to be so ambitious. Our thanks to both these institutions. And there have
been many, many others whose expertise has contributed in discrete ways
to the production of this volume, none more appreciated, however, than
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