Friday, February 20, 2009

Fornicating with nuns in fifteenth-century Bologna

The amazing Economic History blog has called my attention to this paper. Check out:
The Order of Saint Mary Magdalen was founded in 1227 and provided shelter to repentant prostitutes and tried to marry them. It helped to blur the distinction between nunneries and brothels. Pimps commonly forced their former protégés to receive clients inside the convents (p.378).
Another evidence in favor of the thesis that the human appetite for sex and trade is unstoppable.

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