Prostitution in Medieval Society

The History of an Urban Institution in Languedoc

Leah Lydia Otis

Prostitution in Medieval Society

Leah Lydia Otis

258 pages | © 1985
E-book $10.00 to $32.00 About E-books ISBN: 9780226640341 Published February 2009
"Prostitution in Medieval Society, a monograph about Languedoc between the twelfth and sixteenth centuries, is also much more than that: it is a compelling narrative about the social construction of sexuality."

– Catharine R. Stimpson

Foreword by Catharine R. Stimpson
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Part One:
Prostitution and Public Authority: An Evolution
Prologue to Part One: Toward a Chronology of Medieval Prostitution
1. The Twelfth and Thirteenth Centuries: Prostitution Accepted
2. The Fourteenth and Fifteenth Centuries: Prostitution Institutionalized
Epilogue to Part One: The Sixteenth Century: The Institution Dismantled

Part Two:
Structures and Dynamics of Institutionalized Prostitution
Prologue to Part Two: The Language of Prostitution 
3. Public Houses: Physical Plant, Ownership, and Exploitation 
4. Public Women: Geographical Origins; Economic, Legal, and Social Status; and the Problem of Repentance/Retirement
5. Controlling the System: "Police" of Prostitution and "Government" of Houses
6. Eliminating Competition: The Prosecution of Procurers, Illicit Prostitutes, and Keepers of Illegal Houses
Epilogue to Part Two: Institutionalized Prostitution: Demography, Public Utility, and Sexual Morality Conclusions and Perspectives

Appendix A: Published Documents
Appendix B: Lists of Prostitutes
Appendix C: Brothel Farms and Farmers
Appendix D: Graphs of Brothel Farm Prices
Appendix E: Easter Week Expenses, AM Toulouse

Map I: The Word Postribulum in Archival Documents in Languedoc
Map 2: Privately and Publicly Owned Brothels in Languedoc

Essay on Bibliography and Sources
Manuscript Sources

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