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Is king William of the orange gay?
Is king William of the orange gay? - kbarieru.info
I was reading William of Orange's Wikipedia page when I stumbled on this excellent and well-cited, if you click through to the original paragraph, which is about his suspected gay lovers: Bentinck's closeness to William aroused jealousies, but some modern historians doubt that there was a homosexual element about their relationship. The same could not be said for Keppel, who was 20 years William's junior and strikingly handsome, and had risen from being a royal page to an earldom with suspicious ease. Portland wrote to William in that 'the kindness which your Majesty has for a young man, and the way in which you seem to authorise his liberties This, he said, was 'tarnishing a reputation which has never before been subject to such accusations'. William replied, saying, 'It seems to me very extraordinary that it should be impossible to have esteem and regard for a young man without it being criminal'. The first part I like is that he was doing a page, which just goes to show that Mark Foley wasn't doing anything original even for the US Congress.
Was William of Orange a homosexual? (despite his marrying Mary of England)?