Notes from Lascivious Bodies

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'London was already the sex capital of Europe, with a reputation for insidious vice'

'According to Old Bailey records, a great may prostitutes were unmarried, with over half of them born outside London.'

Venereal Disease:

'Venereal disease was rife in London, with sexual infections spreading around the city's brothels.'

'Prostitutes bore the brunt of the blame, with the poorest women affected most.'

'Despite its seriousness, venereal disease had become so widespread in the eighteenth century that any libertine in London might expect to catch it and, indeed, many of them did.'

'The 'No Nose'd Club was formed for all those suffering from syphilis who had had their noses eaten away by the disease...'

 

 

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