Why context is everything. In this case, historical context: i.e, was Richard Lionheart (pictured here) a gay hero or merely the medieval precursor to L.B.J.'s political wheeling and dealing while sitting, pants down on his "throne."
|Phillip, Right and Richard, accepting the keys to Acre while on Crusade.|
|Look at how in his space LBJ is!|
Speaking of beds, the first bedding of a king and queen were in some cases done in public, so that all might witness the ritual. And royalty officially gave one another the "kiss of peace."
Those who look at Richard and Phillip's relationship in context will most likely decide that, no, they weren't gay, even though Richard spent very little time with his wife, Berengeria.
But then, again, Berengeria does look a little, um, stony. . .
Can't fix the print on this, no matter what I try. Bear with me, guys. . .