Madams: Bawds and Brothel Keepers of London

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At a time when there were almost no career openings for women a group of intrepid and gifted females scaled the heights of what was literally a man's world - they became bawds. Mrs Berkely was a famous flagellant. Mother Clap - women bawds were often known as Mother - ran male brothels, or Molly Houses. Elizabeth Holland had an immense moated mansion built on Bankside and for thirty years entertained the aristocracy, including royalty. When troops attempted to stop her trade and eject her from the house, she and...
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Stroud 2005 Hardcover First edition New in new jacket N. 246 pages. With plates. At a time when there were almost no career openings for women a group of intrepid and gifted ... females scaled the heights of what was literally a man's world-they became bawds. Mrs Berkely was a famous flagellant. Mother Clap-women bawds were often known as Mother-ran male brothels, or Molly Houses. Elizabeth Holland had an immense moated mansion built on Bankside and for thirty years entertained the aristocracy, including royalty. When troops attempted to stop her trade and eject her from the house, she and her girls drove them off. The Georgian bawd Charlotte Hayes held a 'Cyprian Fete' at which gentlemen 'of the highest breeding' first watched athletic young men copulating with nubile whores and then joined in themselves. Fergus Linnane reveals the other side of London's years of pomp and splendour, painting a vivid picture of the bawds, their girls and their clients. Drawing on a rich variety of sources-court records, pamphl Read more Show Less

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At a time when there were almost no career openings for women a group of intrepid and gifted females scaled the heights of what was literally a man's world - they became bawds. Mrs Berkely was a famous flagellant. Mother Clap - women bawds were often known as Mother - ran male brothels, or Molly Houses. Elizabeth Holland had an immense moated mansion built on Bankside and for thirty years entertained the aristocracy, including royalty. When troops attempted to stop her trade and eject her from the house, she and her girls drove them off. The Georgian bawd Charlotte Hayes held a 'Cyprian Fete' at which gentlemen 'of the highest breeding' first watched athletic young men copulating with nubile whores and then joined in themselves. Fergus Linnane reveals the other side of London's years of pomp and splendour, painting a vivid picture of the bawds, their girls and their clients. Drawing on a rich variety of sources - court records, pamphlets, newspapers, diaries, letters - Madams is fresh and original, offering humour, insight and a very candid view of the sexual behaviour of Londoners through the ages.
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  • ISBN-13: 9780750933063
  • Publisher: The History Press
  • Publication date: 10/25/2005
  • Pages: 256
  • Product dimensions: 6.40 (w) x 9.30 (h) x 1.10 (d)

Table of Contents

Pt. 1 The early years
1 My bouncing lasses 3
2 Mother Holland, a deceiving bawd 6
3 The rise of Covent Garden 28
Pt. 2 The golden age
4 A choice stock of virgins 51
5 Bucks, bloods, demi-reps and choice spirits 89
6 Jack Harris, pimpmaster general 104
7 Almighty curtezan 113
8 Men of pleasure 164
Pt. 3 Decline and fall
9 Into the abyss 177
10 Haunts of pleasure 189
11 Mary Jeffries, 'the wickedest woman of the century' 198
12 War and gangsters 204
App. I Mollies' houses 221
App. II The English vice 228
App. III Prostitutes' prices 233
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