WITS, WENCHERS AND WANTONS London's Low Life: Covent Garden in the Eighteenth Century

Author: Burford (E.J.)
Year: 1986
Publisher: Guild Publishing
Edition Details: 1986 Book Club Reprint
Book Condition: NrF/Vg+
Price: 7.00
Hardback. Book Club Reprint. Vice was the currency of Covent Garden's wealth in the 18th century and nowhere was the pursuit of pleasure more ardently or more publicly conducted than around Inigo Jones's piazza. All manner of erotic pastimes were on offer in 'the Grand Seraglio of the Nation', with every level of society, from the highest nobility to the most miserable pauper, represented. The entertainments matched the sophistication of the clientele: from the high-class courtesans to the degenerate street-traders for whom drunkenness and violence were often companions of lust. The author has recreated in compelling detail an extaordinary world. He reveals the real characters behind the scenes: the ironically named brothel 'mothers' who ruthlessly exploited naive country maidens in their constant search for fresh attractions; the uproarious clients at Tom King's Coffee-House; the original William Hickey and other literary figures known better to posterity for their writing than their wenching, the rakes who squandered fortunes and the gamblers, thieves and prostitutes who helped them do it. From the daily brawls and debauches to the fierce sex shop controversy of 1776, the author has uncovered a social history as dramatic as any novelist could create. Profusely Illus., Bibliog. and Index. 260pp. lge. 8vo. h/back. A fairly heavy book which will require additional postage if shipped overseas. Nr. F. in Vg+ dw.


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