The Resource Common women : prostitution and sexuality in Medieval England, Ruth Mazo Karras

Common women : prostitution and sexuality in Medieval England, Ruth Mazo Karras

Label
Common women : prostitution and sexuality in Medieval England
Title
Common women
Title remainder
prostitution and sexuality in Medieval England
Statement of responsibility
Ruth Mazo Karras
Creator
Subject
Language
eng
Summary
  • "Common women" in medieval England were prostitutes, whose distinguishing feature was not that they took money for sex but that they belonged to all men in common. Common Women: Prostitution and Sexuality in Medieval England tells the stories of these women's lives: their entrance into the trade because of poor job and marriage prospects or because of seduction or rape; their experiences as street-walkers, brothel workers or the medieval equivalent of call girls; their customers, from poor apprentices to priests to wealthy foreign merchants; and their relations with those among whom they lived
  • 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
Dewey number
306.74/0942
Illustrations
illustrations
Index
index present
LC call number
HQ186.A5
LC item number
K37 1996
Literary form
non fiction
Nature of contents
bibliography
Series statement
Studies in the history of sexuality
Label
Common women : prostitution and sexuality in Medieval England, Ruth Mazo Karras
Publication
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references (p. 189-213) and index
http://library.link/vocab/branchCode
  • zbnus
  • mel
Contents
Introduction: Common Women, Prostitutes, and Whores -- 1. Prostitution and the Law -- 2. Brothels, Licit and Illicit -- 3. Becoming a Prostitute -- 4. The Sex Trade in Practice -- 5. Marriage, Sexuality, and Marginality -- 6. Saints and Sinners -- Conclusion: Sexuality, Money, and the Whore
Control code
000011705068
Dimensions
24 cm
Extent
viii, 221 p.
Isbn
9780195062427
Lccn
95019801
Other physical details
ill.
http://library.link/vocab/recordID
.b17671656
System control number
  • C01108447825
  • (OCoLC)32589962

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