‘Giants of Mischief’: London’s Fallen Women, c. 1660–1830

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Our view of romantic affairs in Georgian London tend to fall into one of two camps: the world of libertines and happy hookers brought gloriously to life by William Hogarth, or the awkward courtships and candlelit ballrooms of Jane Austen’s heroines. But what was life really like for the women who made their living as the city’s notorious ‘fallen women’? What were their stories, and how did they work? From the glittering mansions of St James to the peeling garrets of Covent Garden, historian Emily Brand explores the darker side of women’s lives in the capital during the 18th century.

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