The Bishop's Brothels
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On the south bank of the Thames, in the Bishop of Winchester's 'Liberty of the Clink', lay medieval London's red-light district, its brothels providing income for the Church. But who were the people of the Bankside 'stewes'? How did women cope with the threat of violence, unwanted pregnancy and venereal disease? This social history draws on contemporary sources to bring this little-known world of 'lewd men and women' to life. (First published as Bawds and Lodgings, 1976.)