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The Georgian Bawdyhouse (Shire Library) [Paperback]

Emily Brand
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10 Oct 2012 Shire Library
'Entertaining, learned and instructive, this is a perfectly pitched little book that takes us deep into the seamy eighteenth-century world of the bawdyhouse, without ever losing either its lucidity or its levity.' --Dr Suzannah Lipscomb, author of 'The Visitor's Guide to Tudor England'. The business of sex was a significant aspect of urban culture in Georgian England, and a visible one. Despite the rise of the polite society of Jane Austen's novels, London by 1758 had long been known as a centre of vice and debauchery: in the shadows of the fashionable public parks and gardens, in alleyways along the banks of the Thames, even at church doors, there lurked a world of criminality and prostitution of which the bawdyhouse became one of the most potent symbols. This book explores what it was like to run, work in, and frequent these establishments, which ranged from filthy East End hovels to grand upmarket apartments, and through newspaper reports, criminal trials, political speeches and bawdy pamphlets and prints shows how they were perceived and how the era of the happy hooker came to an end.

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  • Paperback: 64 pages
  • Publisher: Shire (10 Oct 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0747811695
  • ISBN-13: 978-0747811695
  • Product Dimensions: 0.5 x 14.5 x 20 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 102,631 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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'Entertaining, learned and instructive, this is a perfectly pitched little book that takes us deep into the seamy eighteenth-century world of the bawdyhouse, without ever losing either its lucidity or its levity.' --Dr Suzannah Lipscomb, author of 'The Visitor's Guide to Tudor England'

'Takes in every aspect of the period's commercial exploitation of female flesh ... excellent.' --The Dabbler

About the Author

Emily Brand is a writer and historian with a special interest in eighteenth- and nineteenth-century England. She has written widely on domestic and family life for a number of history and genealogy magazines and is also an author for the history society London Historians, of which she is an honorary member. She wrote "Royal Weddings" for Shire.

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4.0 out of 5 stars Pimps and Prostitutes are not a Modern Invention 2 Feb 2014
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This is a small book, easy to read in a few sessions (a hallmark of Shire it seems). The inclusion of photos and illustrations helps the reader picture the world. The focus is strictly Georgian period, so Regency lovers won't find much material to work with. If you are not fairly versed in the period, you won't understand some of the information or characters (do you know Henry Fielding?). One quibble: the picture on page 8 mentions the Duke of Wellington; the tale of the Duke doesn't appear in the text until page 37. The index in the back is helpful, but I suggest a knowledge of the period is helpful to better understanding.
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