The above picture shows the stews of Bankside on the occasions of Edward VI’s coronation. THE BISHOP’S BROTHELS by E.J. Burford (Hale, ISBN 978-0-7198-1657-4) is concerned with the Bankside whorehouses—the Bishop’s Brothels—and a fascinating book it is. I had always known of the stews of Southwark, but not that the licensed brothels were… Continue reading A Bawdy Book about Bawds . . . !
This is a plea to Judy, or anyone else who can help. No grins, but I am trying to find out all I can about the word ‘strumpet’, for instance if there is a verb (other than in Grose, who’s a little late) that derives from it. Or, indeed, if the noun derives from the… Continue reading Strumpets anyone…?