The Secret History of Georgian London: How the Wages of Sin Shaped the Capital
Georgian London 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. The sex industry was, in fact, a very powerful force indeed, and in The Secret History of Georgian London, Dan Cruickshank compellingly...more
The book is timely, in that it does great service to the women who have often been abused by people of power. Some of these women rose to power, and then died in misery. The tale of Ann Bell is ...more
This is a big book, a brick of a book, a door stopper of a book. It took me quite a while to get through because there's a lot of information and a lot of stories and a lot of people involved. It's well written, though, and entertaining, and ed ...more
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It's quite sad to read about all the young women, men and children who were forced into this life to survive, used up in a couple of years and then thrown away. The descriptions of rampant disease and the pathetic stories of early deaths is wrenching.
There's also the maddening story of the execution of several gay men who were framed by a turncoat "friend" to save his own neck.
It's a serious read and ...more
Cruikshank crushes that misconception to dust.
Exhaustive research, extensive primary source material, thoughtful, illuminating. I wish this book was out when I was writing my thesis because it would have become my historical bible on prostitution.