The Bishop's brothels
- Burford, E. J.
- The Bishop's brothels / E. J. Burford.
- London : Robert Hale Ltd, 2015.
- 200 pages : illustrations ; 22 cm
- First published in Great Britian as 'Bawds and Lodgings' 1976; revised paperback edition published in 1993. Includes bibliographical references and index.
- "Drawing on a wealth of contemporary source materials, 'The Bishop's Borthels' is a fascinating social history of how commercial sex has been bought and sold in London for over a thousand years. The Bankside Brothels, or 'stewes,' were a celebrated feature of London life since Roman times. Located on the south side of the River Thames, in the Bishop of Winchester's 'Liberty of the Clink', they were a highly lucrative source of revenue for the Church. In AD 1161 a royal decree ordered that these establishments be licensed and regulated. For many years they attracted the great and the not-so-good, helping to make Southwark the 'pleasure-garden' of London. But who were the people of the Bankside Brothels? What living conditions did they have to endure? How did women cope with the constant threat of violence, unwanted pregnancy and venereal disease?" -- from back cover
- Kinsey subjects
- Prostitution--London. Brothels. Religious prostitution.