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Georgian Harlots and Whores (Hardback)

Fame, Fashion & Fortune

Social History Women of History Georgian Era 18th Century

By Mike Rendell
Imprint: Pen & Sword History
Pages: 208
Illustrations: 40 black and white illustrations
ISBN: 9781526791023
Published: 30th January 2022

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This book will look at the phenomenon of celebrity hookers in the eighteenth century – all of them the subject of extraordinary press scrutiny and comment. They were the fashion icons of the age, and what they wore was copied and put on sale in the high street within days. Many of them were passed around within the same small circle of aristocratic lovers.

They were the object of constant gossip and whether they were flaunting their fame by taking a box at the opera for the entire season, or by parading through Hyde Park in a phaeton pulled by matching cream ponies, or returning from Paris wearing the very latest fashions, they enjoyed a celebrity status nowadays bestowed on TV reality stars and footballers’ wives.

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 Mike Rendell

About Mike Rendell

Mike has written more than a dozen books, all of them about the Georgian era. He started when a fascinating cache of family papers inspired him to write The Journal of a Georgian Gentleman. With Pen & Sword his titles include In bed with the Georgians – Sex, Scandal & Satire; Trailblazing Women of the Georgian era; Pirates and Privateers in the eighteenth century; Crusoe, Castaways and Shipwrecks; Trailblazing Georgians – the unsung men who helped shape the modern world; and Sex and Sexuality in Georgian Britain.


While not writing, he spends his time talking on eighteenth century topics both in Britain and abroad, and in particular on board cruise ships. He travels extensively but his home is in Dorset.

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Peek beneath the bedsheets of eighteenth- and early nineteenth-century Britain in this affectionate, informative and fascinating look at sex and sexuality during the reigns of Georges I-IV. It examines the prevailing attitudes towards male and female sexual behaviour, and the ways in which these attitudes were often determined by those in positions of power and authority. It also explores our ancestors’ ingenious, surprising, bizarre and often entertaining solutions to the challenges associated with maintaining a healthy sex life. Did the people in Georgian Britain live up to their stereotypes…

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