The Burgher and the Whore: Prostitution in Early Modern Amsterdam

The Burgher and the Whore: Prostitution in Early Modern Amsterdam

By: Lotte van de Pol (author)Hardback

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Amsterdam was, after London and Paris, the third largest city in early modern Europe, and was renowned throughout Europe for its widespread and visible prostitution. Delving deep into a wide range of sources, but making particular use of the transcripts of thousands of trials, The Burgher and the Whore reconstructs Amsterdam's whoredom in detail. The colourful and fascinating descriptions of the prostitutes, their bawds, their clients, and the police shed new light on the cultural, social, and economic conditions of the lives of poor women in a seafaring society. Lotte van de Pol explores how the vice trade was embedded in Amsterdam's society, economy, and judicial system, and how legislation and policing were shaped by misogynist attitudes towards women and fear of God's wrath and venereal diseases towards sex. The story concentrates on the people living at the margins of a rich metropolis, in which there was a large surplus of women, many of them poor immigrants with little prospect of marriage. Many changes are visible in the 150 years under scrutiny, including the view of prostitution from immorality to trade, and of prostitutes from whores and criminals to paupers. The result is a book that can be read as the history of the Dutch Golden Age from below.

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About Author

Lotte van de Pol is a specialist in social, cultural, and economic history, and women's history of early modern Europe. She received her Ph.D. at the Erasmus University of Rotterdam, and held positions at the Erasmus University and the Dutch Open University. Her book with Rudolf Dekker, The Tradition of Female Transvestism in Early Modern Europe (1989), was translated into five languages. Her research into early modern prostitution resulted in two books, one of which was also translated in several languages. From 2004 to 2007 she worked at the Friedrich Meineke Institute of the Faculty of History of the Free University in Berlin as a member of the research group Egodocuments in Transcultural Perspectives.

Contents

List of Illustrations ; Abbreviations ; Introduction ; 1. 'Amsterdam is the Academy of Whoredom.' Prostitutes, brothels, and music houses ; 2. 'Whores and scoundrels always talk of their honour.' Honour, prostitution, and the respectable citizenry ; 3. 'The caterpillar in a cabbage, the canker in the leg.' Attitudes to prostitution, prostitutes, and women ; 4. 'The world cannot be governed with a Bible in the hand.' Prosecution policies and their background ; 5. 'The devil! I must have money for this.' The dark side of prosecution policy ; 6. 'Birds of a Feather Flock Together.' Prostitutes, clients, and seafaring ; 7. 'Miraculous tricks, to earn a living by idling.' Sex for money and money for sex ; Appendices ; Archival Sources and Unpublished Texts ; Bibliography of Printed Sources and Published Works ; Index

Product Details

  • publication date: 31/03/2011
  • ISBN13: 9780199211401
  • Format: Hardback
  • Number Of Pages: 280
  • ID: 9780199211401
  • weight: 520
  • ISBN10: 019921140X

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