Southwark: Shagspeare and the sex workers

‘Southwark, where the whores or Winchester geese displayed their breasts at the windows of the trugging houses. They were called Winchester geese because the Bishop of Winchester controlled the property there and had done so since about 110. Traditional Christianity has never seen much wrong in episcopal brothel-keeping. St Augustine said: “Suppress prostitution and capricious lusts will overthrow society.” St Thomas Aquinas went further: “Prostitution in the towns is like the cesspool in the palace; take away the cesspool and the palace will become an unclean and evil smelling-place.”‘

— Burgess, ‘What Shakespeare Smelt’, reprinted in Homage to Qwert Yuiop

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