‘The Case of the Closely Watched Courtesans’

 

Fascinating review article on the relationship between the state and elite prostitutes in eighteenth-century Paris: ‘The Case of the Closely Watched Courtesans’.  The painting above, which was chosen to illustrate the article, was a portrait of Marie-Louis O’Morphy, supposedly commissioned by Casanova.  O’Morphy, who was to become one of Louis XV’s favourites, was discovered by Casanova in a filthy hovel, an episode covered in Dave’s ‘God’s Anarchist: Part 2’ article which explores the moral context of eighteenth-century Europe and North America.

‘The Prologue’, and chapters 1 and 2 of ‘Casanova in Paris: The Shadows of the King’ are now freely available here.

6 long form articles on Casanova’s life and times are freely available here.

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