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The Secret History of Georgian London

Dan Cruickshank


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PUBLISHED: 2nd September 2010
ISBN: 9780099527961
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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.
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  • Paperback
    $44.85
PUBLISHED: 2nd September 2010
ISBN: 9780099527961
ANNOTATION:
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.

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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.

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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.Examining 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 Georgian London. He offers a tantalising insight into the impact of prostitution to give us vivid portraits of some of the women who became involved in the world of prostitution. And he discusses the very varied attitudes of contemporaries - those who sympathised, those who indulged, and those who condemned. As Dan Cruickshank powerfully argues, these women, and many thousands like them, shaped eighteenth-century London, and they also helped determine its future development.

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'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 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 Dan Cruickshank compellingly shows how it came to affect almost every aspect of life and culture in the capital. ' Fascinating. . . a scholarly panorama of Georgian London before the sex trade was chased underground by the Victorians and we all became prudish instead' Daily Mail 'Cruickshank brilliantly sketches the wild whirligig of drunkenness, debauchery, theft, exploitation, merriness, subversion, corruption, lust, fantasy, violence, disease, starvation and early death' Telegraph 'I heartily recommend this scholarly romp through the bordellos, inns and prisons of Henry Fielding and John Wilkes's London' A.N. Wilson 'a fascinating and deeply researched book' Kate Williams 'a monumental work' Hallie Rubenhold

Author Biography

Dan Cruickshank is an architectural historian and television presenter. He is an Honorary Fellow of the Royal Institute of British Architects, a member of the Executive Committee of the Georgian Group, and on the Architectural Panel of the National Trust. His recent work includes the television programmes and accompanying books Around the World in 80 Treasures (2005) and Dan Cruickshank's Adventures in Architecture (2008). He lives in Spitalfields, London.

Review

"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

Review Text

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

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Product Details

Author
Dan Cruickshank
Pages
672
Year
2010
ISBN-10
0099527960
ISBN-13
9780099527961
Format
Paperback
Subtitle
How the Wages of Sin Shaped the Capital
Country of Publication
United Kingdom
Publisher
Cornerstone
Media
Book
Illustrations
Illustrations (some col.), maps, ports. (some col.)
Publication Date
2010-09-02
Short Title
The Secret History of Georgian London
Audience
General/Trade