London's Sinful Secret

The Bawdy History and Very Public Passions of London's Georgian Age

Dan Cruickshank

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Georgian London evokes images of elegant mannered buildings, but it was also a city where prostitution was rife and houses of ill repute widespread in a sex trade that employed thousands. In London’s Sinful Secret, Dan Cruickshank explores this erotic Georgian underworld and shows how it affected almost every aspect of life and culture in the city from the smart new streets that sprang up in Marylebone, to the squalid alleys around Charing Cross to the coffee houses, where prostitutes plied their trade, to the work of artists such as William Hogarth and Joshua Reynolds. Cruickshank uses memoirs, newspaper accounts and court records to create a surprisingly bawdy portrait of London at its most-mannered and, for the first time, exposes its secret, sinful underside.

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Chapter One ‘Satan’s Harvest’

The Nature of the Sex Industry

During the eighteenth century London had more prostitutes plying their trade on the open streets, over a greater proportion of the city, than could be found anywhere else in Europe. Prostitution was rife in Paris and in Amsterdam, but there it was more discreet, controlled and contained. This startling difference, and especially the quantities of patrolling street prostitutes, earned London an evil reputation.

A book published in 1734 evokes a memorable image of London street life:

When a person

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Dan Cruickshank

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 and Dan Cruickshank’s Adventures in Architecture. He lives in Spitalfields, London.

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London's Sinful Secret
The Bawdy History and Very Public Passions of London's Georgian Age
Dan Cruickshank

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St. Martin's Press
November 2010
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ISBN: 9781429919562
ISBN10: 1429919566
672 pages
$7.99

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St. Martin's Press
November 2010
Hardcover
ISBN: 9780312658984
ISBN10: 0312658982
6 1/8 x 9 1/4 inches, 672 pages, Includes black-and-white photographs throughout plus two 8-page color photograph inserts
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