chapter  5
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Losing His Religion: Saint Sebastian as Contemporary Gay Martyr

Sebastian, the French writer Michel del Castillo sees the ‘pleasure of dying’ as a key part of the appeal of the saint, a man ‘abandoned in delicious and lascivious agony’. Exulted Del Castillo: ‘Generations of smitten young men in the secret of their hearts, in their very being, have been caressed by the look and touch of his muscles.’6