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The Burgher and the Whore: Prostitution in Early Modern Amsterdam

Lotte van de Pol


Amsterdam was, after London and Paris, the third largest city in early modern Europe, and just like these was renowned throughout Europe for its widespread and visible prostitution. This study explores how the vice trade was embedded in Amsterdam's society, economy, and judicial system and how legislation and policing were shaped by misogynist attitudes towards women and fear of God's wrath and venereal diseases towards sex. The rich judicial archives made it possible to construct a collective biography of the 6,000 arrested prostitutes, while they also gave insight into their individual life ... More

Keywords: Amsterdam, seventeenth century, eighteenth century, prostitution, prostitutes, police, policing, honour, misogyny, sailors, preindustrial economy, poor women

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2011 Print ISBN-13: 9780199211401
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: May 2011 DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199211401.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Lotte van de Pol, author
Affiliated fellow of the Research Institute for History and Culture, University of Utrecht