You are a prostitute. When and where would you like to ply your trade? Would you


You are a prostitute. When and where would you like to ply your trade? Would you prefer to work in the late Middle Ages, the era of the Reformation and Counter-Reformation, or later? Would you prefer Germany, Spain or Italy? Explain your choice. What would your living and working conditions be in your chosen time and location? Write substantively about the working conditions of your sisters (or brothers?) in other times and climes too, to highlight why you chose your time and place. What options are available to you in life? What impact would changing religious teaching have upon your status in society (please cite relevant religious authorities). Draw substantively on assigned readings, lectures, lecture slides and viewing assignments. (Write this as a first-person testimonial).
To address this prompt thoroughly, you should draw upon Hughes; the sections of my book Defiled Trades that touch on prostitution; the Western Civ chapters on the Protestant Reformation and Catholic Counter Reformation; Huppert; Perry; the entries in the executioner Master Franz’s diary that deal with the prostitutes he punished; Johnston, “Sexual Tour”; and the Film “Dangerous Beauty.”


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