Common Women: Prostitution and Sexuality in Medieval England

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Oxford University Press, Apr 23, 1998 - History - 232 pages
Through a sensitive use of a wide variety of imaginative and didactic texts, Ruth Karras shows that while prostitutes as individuals were marginalized within medieval culture, prostitution as an institution was central to the medieval understanding of what it meant to be a woman. This important work will be of interest to scholars and students of history, women's studies, and the history of sexuality.
 

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Contents

Common Women Prostitutes and Whores
3
1 Prostitution and the Law
13
2 Brothels Licit and Illicit
32
3 Becoming a Prostitute
48
4 The Sex Trade in Practice
65
5 Marriage Sexuality and Marginality
84
6 Saints and Sinners
102
Sexuality Money and the Whore
131
Notes
143
Bibliography
189
Index
215
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Page 194 - David Lorenzo Boyd and Ruth Mazo Karras, "The Interrogation of a Male Transvestite Prostitute in Fourteenth-Century London," GLQ: A Journal of Lesbian and Gay Studies 1, no.

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