Prostitution in Medieval Society: The History of an Urban Institution in Languedoc

Prostitution in Medieval Society: The History of an Urban Institution in Languedoc

by Leah Lydia Otis

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"Prostitution in Medieval Society, a monograph about Languedoc between the twelfth and sixteenth centuries, is also much more than that: it is a compelling narrative about the social construction of sexuality."

– Catharine R. Stimpson

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780226640341
Publisher: University of Chicago Press
Publication date: 02/15/2009
Series: Women in Culture and Society
Sold by: Barnes & Noble
Format: NOOK Book
Pages: 258
File size: 2 MB

About the Author

Leah Lydia Otis currently lectures in economic history at the University of Montpellier I, and in southern French history and civilization for the University of Minnesota's Montpellier Program.

Table of Contents

Foreword by Catharine R. Stimpson
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Part One:
Prostitution and Public Authority: An Evolution
Prologue to Part One: Toward a Chronology of Medieval Prostitution
1. The Twelfth and Thirteenth Centuries: Prostitution Accepted
2. The Fourteenth and Fifteenth Centuries: Prostitution Institutionalized
Epilogue to Part One: The Sixteenth Century: The Institution Dismantled

Part Two:
Structures and Dynamics of Institutionalized Prostitution
Prologue to Part Two: The Language of Prostitution 
3. Public Houses: Physical Plant, Ownership, and Exploitation 
4. Public Women: Geographical Origins; Economic, Legal, and Social Status; and the Problem of Repentance/Retirement
5. Controlling the System: "Police" of Prostitution and "Government" of Houses
6. Eliminating Competition: The Prosecution of Procurers, Illicit Prostitutes, and Keepers of Illegal Houses
Epilogue to Part Two: Institutionalized Prostitution: Demography, Public Utility, and Sexual Morality Conclusions and Perspectives

Appendix A: Published Documents
Appendix B: Lists of Prostitutes
Appendix C: Brothel Farms and Farmers
Appendix D: Graphs of Brothel Farm Prices
Appendix E: Easter Week Expenses, AM Toulouse

Map I: The Word Postribulum in Archival Documents in Languedoc
Map 2: Privately and Publicly Owned Brothels in Languedoc

Essay on Bibliography and Sources
Manuscript Sources

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