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Carnal Commerce in Counter-Reformation Rome (New Studies in European History) Hardcover – March 10, 2008

ISBN-13: 978-0521844338 ISBN-10: 0521844339 Edition: 1st

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Product Details

  • Series: New Studies in European History
  • Hardcover: 314 pages
  • Publisher: Cambridge University Press; 1 edition (March 10, 2008)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0521844339
  • ISBN-13: 978-0521844338
  • Product Dimensions: 6 x 0.9 x 9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.4 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,401,785 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"This is an outstanding book.... Although it focuses on Rome, the work is well-contextualized both in the Italian peninsula and Europe more broadly through a masterful use of other scholars' work. The prose is delightful - erudite yet never stodgy nor pedantic. The archival base is broad and supported by other types of sources. Storey contributes to the historiography of prostitution and the Reformation in a way that will indubitably exert considerable influence on our understanding of these issues and the future work of other scholars considering these topics." -Jana Byars, RENAISSANCE QUARTERLY

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Using archival sources, this lively study sheds new light on the daily lives and material culture of ordinary prostitutes and their clients in Rome after the Counter-Reformation. It explores how and why women became prostitutes, the relationships between prostitutes and clients, and the wealth which potentially could be accumulated.

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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Cecily J Boles on November 17, 2013
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I read this book for class, but it is very accessible to the interested reader. Tessa Storey does a marvelous job of bringing to life the plight of women (Courtesans or Married) in Early-Modern Rome. She discusses their social situations, laws, and their belongings. Really a fantastic read for the casual reader and scholar alike. A must read for anyone interested in Early Modern Women, Early Modern Rome, and Women Studies.
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