Throughout history, ancient or modern, homosexual relationships have been viewed with disgust and shame, therefore "the love that dare not speak it's name". Because of that, most were never documented, or if they were, they have remained lost or destroyed. John Boswell, in his years of research, studies and eventual writing of these memoirs, brings into focus the realities and the existence of these relationships. While most will agree that homosexual relationships have existed alongside heterosexual relationships in ancient empires such as Greece, Rome and the Middle East, John Boswell has fine tuned these relationships and explained in great detail how they were regarded and respected within ancient societies. A surprise for some, would be the acceptance factor that was held by some churchs and religions in the early days for same gender relationships. Same-Sex Unions in Premodern Europe is well worth the read, somewhat intense in style of writing, but John Boswell's presentation reflects his attention to detail and his dedication to the concept that these stories must be told and preserved for all generations.