Whores in History: Prostitution in Western Society

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Harper Collins, 1992 - Prostitutes - 380 pages
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Unrepentant whore, the most maligned woman in history. From the high-ranking temple whores of Egypt and the courtesans of Ancient Greece and Rome, she tells the story of the prostitute with liberal quotations from contemporary sources and anecdotes of bawdy-house and brothel life. She shows how, in the Middle Ages, the Church exploited the sex industry to build churches out of the proceeds; she describes the high-class cortegiane of Renaissance Italy, the French maisons.

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User Review  - ccjolliffe - LibraryThing

Roberts, who comes from the dance tangent of the sex trade, may wax militant here & there. But there's no denying her central contention: the world's oldest profession grew out of the world's oldest oppression. Read full review

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It is very informative yet gripping in an unboring way. An exploration of the core instrument of female oppression- female sexuality. From kings to petty thieves, all have had interest in whores. My perception of prostitutes has changed from pity to respect Read full review

Contents

Wives Slaves and Whores
12
the Imperial Sex Trade
33
the Martyrdom of Sexuality
55
Copyright

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