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Erotic Exchanges: The World of Elite Prostitution in Eighteenth-Century Paris

Nina Kushner

Published in print:
2013
Published Online:
August 2016
ISBN:
9780801451560
eISBN:
9780801470691
Item type:
book
Publisher:
Cornell University Press
DOI:
10.7591/cornell/9780801451560.001.0001
Subject:
History, European Modern History

This book reveals the complex world of elite prostitution in eighteenth-century Paris—the demimonde—by focusing on the professional mistresses who dominated it. These damesentretenues exchanged sex, ... More


The ‘other Victorians’: the demimonde and the very poor

Ginger S. Frost

in Living In Sin: Cohabiting As Husband and Wife in Nineteenth-century England

Published in print:
2008
Published Online:
July 2012
ISBN:
9780719077364
eISBN:
9781781700723
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Manchester University Press
DOI:
10.7228/manchester/9780719077364.003.0007
Subject:
History, Social History

This chapter discusses the very poor, the ‘criminal’ classes, and the demimonde, with the most emphasis on the first, since the second and third groups have received more historical attention. Most ... More


Introduction

Nina Kushner

in Erotic Exchanges: The World of Elite Prostitution in Eighteenth-Century Paris

Published in print:
2013
Published Online:
August 2016
ISBN:
9780801451560
eISBN:
9780801470691
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Cornell University Press
DOI:
10.7591/cornell/9780801451560.003.0001
Subject:
History, European Modern History

This introductory chapter narrates the story of Demoiselle Varenne, a prostitute in the high-end Parisian brothel of Madam Carlier. Varenne left the brothel as the mistress of an army lieutenant, who ... More


Being Sold into the Demimonde

Nina Kushner

in Erotic Exchanges: The World of Elite Prostitution in Eighteenth-Century Paris

Published in print:
2013
Published Online:
August 2016
ISBN:
9780801451560
eISBN:
9780801470691
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Cornell University Press
DOI:
10.7591/cornell/9780801451560.003.0004
Subject:
History, European Modern History

This chapter chronicles how kept woman Louise de la Tour (née Devaux) hid from her patron, Captain Dargent. Louise hid in the house of madam Fleurance, complaining of the abusive behavior of both ... More


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