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The London-Bawd: With Her Character and Life Discovering the Various and Subtle Intrigues of Lewd Women   By:

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The London-Bawd: With Her Character and Life Discovering the Various and Subtle Intrigues of Lewd Women by Anonymous is a fascinating and eye-opening account that delves into the sordid underworld of the city of London during a particular point in history. Written with an anonymous authorship, this book is a gripping exploration of the lives and behaviors of women involved in the sex trade, providing a glimpse into an aspect of society that was often hidden and well-guarded.

One of the most notable aspects of this book is its honest and unflinching portrayal of the lives of these women. Through meticulous research and a keen understanding of the time period, the author sheds light on the challenges, motivations, and conditions that led these women to enter the world of prostitution. It goes beyond surface-level judgments, offering a more nuanced perspective on their struggles, desires, and experiences.

The author also delves into the intricate web of intrigue and manipulation that surrounds these women. They are not portrayed as helpless victims, but rather as cunning and resourceful individuals who navigate the treacherous paths of their profession. From their interactions with clients to the relationships they form with fellow sex workers, the book presents a complex web of interconnections that shape their lives.

Moreover, The London-Bawd offers a historical perspective that gives readers an insight into the everyday life of the city during that time. It explores the politics, societal norms, and moral attitudes that prevailed, shedding light on the hypocrisy and contradictions of the era. The author's attention to detail and vivid descriptions transport readers back in time, immersing them in a world that is simultaneously captivating and repelling.

However, it is important to acknowledge the potential bias that emerges from an anonymous authorship. While the author's anonymity may have been a necessary veil to protect those involved, it also raises questions about the veracity of the accounts presented. As such, readers should approach this book with a critical mind, taking into consideration the lack of corroborating evidence and the potential for embellishments or personal biases.

In conclusion, The London-Bawd: With Her Character and Life Discovering the Various and Subtle Intrigues of Lewd Women is a remarkable and revealing exploration of a hidden facet of London's history. Its no-holds-barred depiction of the lives of sex workers, combined with its historical context, make it a compelling read for anyone interested in the social dynamics, struggles, and survival strategies of the marginalized. However, readers should approach this book with caution, being mindful of the limitations inherent in its anonymous authorship.

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London Bawd:





Discovering the

Various and Subtle



Lewd Women

The Third Edition.

LONDON, Printed for John Gwillim near Sun Yard , in Bishopsgate Steet , 1705. Price 3 s


London Bawd.


Her Character: Or what she is.


Is the Refuse of an Old Whore, who having been burnt herself, does like Charcoal help to set greener Wood on Fire; She is one of Natures Errata's, and a true Daughter of Eve , who having first undone herself, tempts others to the same Destruction. She has formerly been one of Sampson's Foxes , and has carried so much fire in her Tail, as has burnt all those that have had to do with her: But the mark being out of her Mouth, and she grown past her own Labour, yet being a well wisher to the Mathematicks, she sets up for a Procurer of fresh Goods for her old Customers. And so careful she is to help Men to good Ware, that she seldom puts a Comodity into their hands, but what has been try'd before; and having always prov'd well, thinks she can Warrant 'em the better. She's a great Preserver of Maiden heads; for tho' she Exposes 'em to every new Comer, she takes care that they shall never be lost: And tho' never so many get it, yet none carries it away, but she still has it ready for the next Customers... Continue reading book >>

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