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  Courtesans Friday 29 August 2003  
Rejected by polite society, courtesans of Regency London were major celebrities, commanding the attentions and fortunes of powerful men. But what kind of lives did they lead, and were they victims of their society, or victors over its repressive moral code?

Martha descends into the demi-monde of Regency London with Katie Hickman and Frances Wilson, two authors who have gone on the trail of the shadowy figure of the courtesan.
The Courtesans' Revenge by Frances Wilson; published by Faber and Faber
Courtesans by Katie Hickman; published by Harper Collins; ISBN 0 00 711391

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