Common Women: Prostitution and Sexuality in Medieval England / Edition 1

Common Women: Prostitution and Sexuality in Medieval England / Edition 1

by Ruth Mazo Karras
     
 

Through a sensitive use of a wide variety of imaginative and didactic texts, Ruth Karras shows that while prostitutes as individuals were marginalized within medieval culture, prostitution as an institution was central to the medieval understanding of what it meant to be a woman. This important work will be of interest to scholars and students of history, women's

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Through a sensitive use of a wide variety of imaginative and didactic texts, Ruth Karras shows that while prostitutes as individuals were marginalized within medieval culture, prostitution as an institution was central to the medieval understanding of what it meant to be a woman. This important work will be of interest to scholars and students of history, women's studies, and the history of sexuality.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780195124989
Publisher:
Oxford University Press, USA
Publication date:
04/28/1998
Series:
Studies in the History of Sexuality Series
Edition description:
New Edition
Pages:
232
Sales rank:
1,217,911
Product dimensions:
9.20(w) x 6.10(h) x 0.70(d)

Table of Contents

Introduction: Common Women, Prostitutes, and Whores3
1Prostitution and the Law13
2Brothels, Licit and Illicit32
3Becoming a Prostitute48
4The Sex Trade in Practice65
5Marriage, Sexuality, and Marginality84
6Saints and Sinners102
Conclusion: Sexuality, Money, and the Whore131
Notes143
Bibliography189
Index215

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