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Carnal Commerce in Counter-Reformation Rome

ISBN-10: 0521844339

ISBN-13: 9780521844338

Edition: 2008

Authors: Tessa Storey

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Focusing on the period 1566-1656, this original and lively study sheds new light on the daily lives and material culture of ordinary prostitutes and their clients in Rome after the Counter-Reformation. Tessa Storey uses a range of archival sources, including criminal records, letters, courtroom testimonies, images and popular and elite literature, to reveal issues of especial concern to contemporaries. In particular, she explores how and why women became prostitutes, the relationships between prostitutes and clients, and the wealth which potentially could be accumulated. Notarial documents provide a unique perspective on the economics and material culture of prostitution, showing what could be earned and how prostitutes dressed and furnished their homes. The book challenges traditional assumptions about the success of post-Tridentine reforms on Roman prostitution, revealing that despite energetic attempts at social disciplining by the Counter-Reformation Popes, prostitution continued to flourish, and to provide a lucrative living for many women.
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Book details

List price: $134.00
Copyright year: 2008
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
Publication date: 2/21/2008
Binding: Hardcover
Pages: 316
Size: 6.00" wide x 8.90" long x 1.00" tall
Weight: 1.430
Language: English

List of figures
List of maps
List of tables
Acknowledgements
Notes on the text
Abbreviations
Introduction
Themes and issues in literature and image
The social and cultural context
Debating prostitution
Policing prostitution
A profile of Roman prostitutes
Becoming a prostitute
The business of prostitution
At home
'Because we are all made of flesh and blood': prostitutes and their clients
Conclusion: Continuity and change: prostitution after the Reformations
Origins of prostitutes living in Rome
Notes on the registers consulted from the Archivio del Vicariato di Roma
Bibliography
Index