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Secret History of Georgian London, The : How the Wages of Sin Shaped the Capital - Dan Cruickshank

Secret History of Georgian London, The

How the Wages of Sin Shaped the Capital

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"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 shows how it came to affect almost every aspect of life and culture in the capital. His approach is an ambitiously wide-ranging one. He examines the nature of the sex trade and the sort of people who became involved in it. He looks at the ways in which it shaped the building of Georgian London, from the smart new streets that sprang up in Marylebone to the squalid alleys around Charing Cross, and from the coffee houses where many prostitutes operated to the popular bathhouses, or bagnios, now known to us often only from fleeting references and tantalising archaeological remains. He examines the impact of prostitution on the arts and,"

"Belle de Jour for the 18th century. Funny, fantastical, full of impossible facts and scandalous stories. Scholarly, but also the ideal stocking (and suspender) filler" -- Jeanette Winterson * Guardian * "I heartily recommend this scholarly romp through the bordellos, inns and prisons of Henry Fielding's and John Wilkes's London" -- A.N. Wilson * Reader's Digest * "Fascinating ... Cruickshank removes the bland facade to expose one of London's biggest and most lively industries - its trade in sex ... a lively and scholarly panorama of Georgian London before the sex trade was chased underground by the Victorians and we all became prudish instead" * Daily Mail * "This is a colossal melting pot of a book: ambitious, rigorously researched, vigorously narrated and marvellously illustrated. All of life is here, but not as we know it" * Sunday Times * "The author paints an illuminating, eye-opening and generous account of the capital's courtesans, harlots, bath-houses and brothels. A book to read by the light of a flickering candle" -- Nigel Slater * Telegraph *

ISBN: 9780099527961
ISBN-10: 0099527960
Audience: General
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 672
Published: 2nd September 2010
Country of Publication: GB
Dimensions (cm): 19.7 x 13.0  x 5.0
Weight (kg): 0.66
Edition Number: 1