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Eine Begleiterin der Menschheit / A Companion of Mankind

Edited By Frank Jacob

Prostitution ist scheinbar genauso alt wie die Menschheit selbst und gilt nicht von ungefähr als das «älteste Gewerbe» überhaupt. Dieser Band versteht sich als interdisziplinäre, chronologisch sowie global umfassende Analyse des Phänomens und bietet dem Fachpublikum und dem interessierten Leser gleichermaßen eine breite Darstellung der Prostitution aus historischer, soziologischer, genderorientierter sowie kulturwissenschaftlicher Perspektive. Untersucht werden dabei die Rolle von Prostituierten in der Gesellschaft, die Rezeption des Gewerbes per se sowie die Rahmenbedingungen, unter denen sich ein solches etablieren kann.
Prostitution seems to be as old as humanity itself and is consequently not described as the «oldest profession» without cause. This anthology is an interdisciplinary, chronological and regional extensive approach to analyze the phenomenon. It provides a broad historical, sociological, cultural, and gender perspective on prostitution for the academic as well as the interested reader alike. It examines the role of prostitutes in society, the reception of the profession per se and the conditions due to which it is established.
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Hoards of Whores: Onomastic Mutability in Jacobean City Comedy


In 1611, a fight broke out in a Devon alehouse between John Pulford and Robert Lyle. A witness deposed that

after divers speeches they had amongst them, Pulford said that Lyle was his whore, and thereupon took Lyle by the waist and threw him upon the bed, and laying upon him face to face jerked him very grievously; that Lyle complained, praying him to give over for he was not able to endure it. Pulford replied saying, she is my whore, and will do it: and after a while leaving the bed came to the table and there took out Lyle’s privities, and rolled them upon the table saying, look what a fine thing (…) my whore hath.1

Pulford then threw Lyle back onto the bed and said “she was his whore and he would to her again and rolled his privities” on the table, saying “she is my whore and I will use her (…) shall I not use mine own as I list”. Several times, Pulford grabbed Lyle about the neck and “kissed him as if he had been a woman”. Lyle begged him to stop and eventually he did, calling for drink and “saying his whore should give him a pot of ale for using her”. Lacking money, Lyle borrowed some and paid for Pulford’s ale.

Throughout this vicious assault, Pulford conspicuously uses the feminine pronoun for Lyle while repeatedly calling him his “whore”. This repetition bolsters Pulford’s justification for his...

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