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The secret history of Georgian London : how the wages of sin shaped the capital

Author: Dan Cruickshank
Publisher: London : Random House, 2009.
Edition/Format:   Print book : EnglishView all editions and formats
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Evokes images of elegant buildings and fine art, but it was also a city where prostitution was rife, houses of ill repute widespread and many tens of thousands of people dependent in some way or other on the wages of sin.
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Genre/Form: History
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Dan Cruickshank
ISBN: 9781847945372 1847945376
OCLC Number: 390830520
Description: xv, 654 pages : illustrations (some color) ; 24 cm
Contents: Prologue: An artist's view: William Hogarth and The Harlot's progress --
Satan's harvest: the nature of the sex industry --
Ladies of the town: the business of prostitution --
Mother clap and her boys: Molly houses and others --
Facts and fantasies: Moll King and Betsy Carless --
Winners and losers: Sally Salisbury and Lavinia Fenton --
Measuring the maypole: the value of the sex industry --
Interlude: Elizabeth Canning: abduction into prostitution --
Building on vice: the sex industry and the creation of Georgian London --
At home with Mrs Cornelys: the world of the masquerade --
The rake's repose: coffee houses and brothels --
Grand seraglio to the nation: the bagnio --
The reception of the distressed: hospitals and workhouses --
Interlude: Colonel Francis Charteris --
Vice takes centre stage: John Gay's The beggar's opera --
Muses, goddesses and painted ladies: art and Sir Joshua Reynolds --
The power of the past and the primitive: the new aesthetics of sex --
Visiting Venus' parlour: Sir Francis Dashwood and the Hell Fire Club --
Interlude: The murder of Ann Bell --
Children of larger grwoth: men's attitudes to women --
Slaves of a casual lust: women's attitudes to the sex industry --
Pretty doings of a Protestant nation: the campaign against prostitution --
Postlude: John Wilkes and an essay on woman --
Appendix 1: The mob and its vengeance --
Appendix 2: Women as men --
Appendix 3: Dr James Graham.
Responsibility: by Dan Cruickshank.

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