The Sexual History of London: From Roman Londinium to the Swinging City---Lust, Vice, and Desire Across the Ages
If Paris is the city of love, then London is the city of lust. From the bath houses of Roman Londinium to the sexual underground of the twentieth century and beyond, this is an entertaining, vibrant chronicle of London and sex through the ages.
For more than a thousand years, England’s capital has been associated with desire, avarice, and the sins of the flesh. Richard
It seems that London was once a writhing cesspool of filth, corruption and sexy, sexy sex, and everyone who was anyone had syphilis. Arnold's account makes everything that "stays in Vegas" look tame by comparison.
From medieval bath house hijinks - to the sixties' Profumo affair - most of the history seems to swirl around the staggering amount of money to be made by the selling of sex.
I think everything is summed up nicely by John Wilmot, Second Earl of Roch ...more
London had more prostitutes than any city in the 17th-19th centuries. Poverty was rampant and girls had to "go on the game" to survive. Of course, there were the high class ladies ...more
Arnold takes us back as far as Roman times, and is concerned mostly with prostitution although pornography is dealt with in passing. She encompasses every level of prostitution in her story, from the humbles streetwalkers to the most expensive and successful courtesans like Nell Gwyn and Skittles.
The author does her best to give her subject matter an even-handed treatment. She doesn’t gl ...more
"Arnold takes us on a journey through the fleshpots of London from earliest times to present day. Here are buxom strumpets, louche aristocrats, popinjay politicians, and Victorian flagellants—all vying for their place in London’s league of licentiousness."
strumpets. that is all.
(ps: "curious about" is subtext for "probably not")
In the third ...more
Going from Roman London to the 21st Century the book leaves no stone unturned in the search for interesting facts about sex (mostly illicit) in what is, arguably, the world's most fascinating city.
It was interesting, for instance, to discover that one Victorian man donated his collection of over 15,000 pornographic books to the British Museum, thereby starting ...more
The first half of the book is essentially: there has always been prostitution in London, but it went in or out of favor with different monarch ...more
I picked up this book in part because I love the history of London, and because I'd just read Peter Ackroyd's book, London Under, which a co-worker recommended! I wanted to read more about London during Roman times, and we all know the Romans knew how to throw a party. So why not a little sexual history? This book is dense, but very readable, and packed with info on the history of sex and prostitution in London, England. There's ...more
What begins in Roman London (Londonium), way back in the 1200s, we get a glimpse of the world's oldest profess ...more
--Catherine Arnold, “The Sexual History of London”
Catherine Arnold book entitled “The Sexual History of London” is predominantly illustrates the history of prostitution in London. The narrative starts as early as the 1400’s and goes br ...more
The first several chapters were rather entertaining. The detail of Roman influence on the sexual environs of London were shocking and I could have seen just that portion making a solid book. I was equally impressed in learning about Buggery Laws and how the Monarchy used them to maintain control. I felt that the ...more
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You're likely to find parts of this book hilarious, and you should find parts of it shocking. The author does a good job of narrating the tale of London's sex i ...more
A great ...more