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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User Review  - Crystal Cook - Goodreads

I read this cover to cover. I hadn't anticipated this being nearly as good as it is, though I think one of the best researched books I have read in a while. Not often that I read something straight ... Read full review

Contents

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

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