London - The Wicked City: A Thousand Years of Prostitution and Vice

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London has a long history as a vibrant sexual marketplace with a staggering array of wares on offer and this book takes us on a tour of the city's colorful past where all desires were fulfilled. There were brothels with classical paintings and fine cuisine, accommodation houses where one could take one's choice of the pretty street girls, and the bagnios or bath houses in Covent Garden which were praised by no less an authority than Casanova. For homosexuals there were molly houses. Expensively equipped ...

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Overview

London has a long history as a vibrant sexual marketplace with a staggering array of wares on offer and this book takes us on a tour of the city's colorful past where all desires were fulfilled. There were brothels with classical paintings and fine cuisine, accommodation houses where one could take one's choice of the pretty street girls, and the bagnios or bath houses in Covent Garden which were praised by no less an authority than Casanova. For homosexuals there were molly houses. Expensively equipped flagellation establishments catered to the many passionate adherents of what was described as the "English vice." There were many attempts to suppress the sex industry, particularly under the puritans, but it always emerged strengthened. It was flexible enough to respond to peaks in demand (such as the Restoration and two world wars) and reached agreements with gangsters, crooked magistrates, and police. With vivid portraits of the enterprising bawds and whores who engaged in the oldest profession in the world, this is a fascinating look at the underside of life in this capital city.

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  • ISBN-13: 9781861059901
  • Publisher: Anova Books
  • Publication date: 9/28/2007
  • Edition description: Reprint
  • Pages: 256
  • Product dimensions: 5.10 (w) x 7.70 (h) x 1.30 (d)

Meet the Author

Since retiring as executive editor of The European, Fergus Linnane has written numerous books, including London’s Underworld and The Lives of the English Rakes.

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Table of Contents


Acknowledgements     vii
Foreword     ix
The First Brothels     1
Bathing in Luxury and Lust     19
A Pox on You     27
A Merry Monarch     39
She Gets the Money; He Gets the Clap     55
Great Bawds     71
The Wild Eighteenth Century     81
Moll King, Coffee Queen     95
More Bawds     109
The Cyprian Corps     125
Publish and Be Damned     135
The Pretty Horsebreakers     139
Hell Raisers and Rakes     145
Mean Streets     157
Rascal Beadles     169
Mother Clap's Profession     189
The Richest City in the World     199
Brothels and Flash Houses     215
Condemned by Poverty     231
Virgin Mania     239
The Pangs of Desire     247
'Walter': The Secret Life     255
The Age of Reform     267
Victorian Values     281
Hello Sailor     291
Modern Babylon     297
Why Do They Do It?     313
Vice and War     319
Vice Empires     329
TheSyndicate     337
Bawdy, Lewd Books     347
Modern Times     359
Sex and the City in the 21st Century     371
Numbers of Prostitutes     379
Prices     383
Endnotes     385
Sources     389
Select Bibliography     393
Picture Credits     398
Index     399
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