As a companion piece to our edition of The Newgate Calendar, we have compiled an anthology of prostitution in Britain during (mostly) the 18th Century. It is in three parts: Book 1: The Night-time Scene has a number of essays describing the milieu; Book 2: Individual Courtesans gives the lives of eight ladies of the Ton, and finally Book 3: Fiction has five short novels about prostitutes.
The pieces chosen are almost all contemporary, ranging from 1696 to 1803, and in attitude run the gamut from picaresque approval to moral condemnation to compassion for the suffering of the women forced into prostitution. There are also links below to some other works on our site which are also relevant.
Book 1: The Night-Time Scene
Book 2: Individual Courtesans
Book 3: Fictional Accounts
Also on this Website
Modest Defence of Public Stews, by Bernard Mandeville
History of the Human Heart
List of Covent Garden Ladies
Memoirs of Mrs. Margaret Leeson