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Author

Suzanne Meade

Date of Award

9-2001

Degree Type

Thesis

Degree Name

Master of Arts (MA)

Department

History

Supervisor

B. Kaczynski

Language

English

Abstract

This thesis focuses on the sex trade in three late medieval cities, London, Paris and Toulouse, in an attempt to determine why prostitution became a municipal institution in Toulouse but not in either of the other cities. The examination and comparison of medieval law codes and traditions in the various regions involved in the study appear to be a new angle for research on the topic of medieval prostitution. The main conclusion drawn from this study is that the legal traditions of the regions in question affected how the governments dealt with prostitution, and that the main difference lay in whether the main legal tradition was Roman or Germanic in nature.

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