1 of 2 people found the following review helpful
Psychological history lesson.,
Verified Purchase(What is this?)
This review is from: The Book of the Courtesans: A Catalogue of Their Virtues (Hardcover)
A very good book, although it has it's faults. The minds and deeds of the courtesan, has to be an overwhelming subject, especially when writing about something that happened well over one hundred years ago. Although we still have these women in a slightly different mode today, the psychology of recognition by others is a hard one to compile. This book is a brave attempt to explain why, what, and where these women did what they did. Temper this with disease and illness as they plied their trade and lives, makes for an interesting social situation.
A good read for the serious subject reader, no risque stuff here, just the simple way of these ladies making a living at the expense of men who should have known better.... and society accepting it readily, but circumstance dictated the situation in those days, and this book tries to explain that.