The Burgher and the Whore: Prostitution in Early Modern Amsterdam by Lotte van de Pol
English | May 26, 2011 | ISBN: 019921140X | 288 Pages | PDF | 1.22 MB
Amsterdam was, after London and Paris, the third largest city in early modern Europe, and was renowned throughout Europe for its widespread and visible prostitution. Delving deep into a wide range of sources, but making particular use of the transcripts of thousands of trials, The Burgher and the Whore reconstructs Amsterdam's whoredom in detail. The colourful and fascinating descriptions of the prostitutes, their bawds, their clients, and the police shed new light on the cultural, social, and economic conditions of the lives of poor women in a seafaring society.