Common Women: Prostitution and Sexuality in Medieval England by Ruth Mazo Karras

393216Karras does a good job of laying out the institution of prostitution in medieval England. My one criticism would be that she often pays little attention to periodization when using evidence to prove her point. She will quote something from 1180 and 1450 in the same paragraph as if these two societies remained static. The Black Death radically transformed societies in medieval England (and elsewhere in Europe), so to not account for that is somewhat problematic.

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