As THE TITLES of these two books suggest, though both authors are concerned with ladies of pleasure, Katie Hickman focuses on England while Virginia Rounding has headed for Paris. There is some overlap, principally in the figure of Cora Pearl, who travelled from her native courtesan discussed by I Hickman – Catherine Walters. better known I as ‘Skittles’ – also spent some time in Paris, but otherwise the two writers concentrate on different women (there are, after all, plenty of courtesans to choose km). Their approaches I are also different. 1 Rounding is more concerned with setting Pearl: an English her horizontals in the context of their society, to which end she spreads their stories out against the backdrop of the changing monarchies and republics of France rather than making each woman the subject of a discrete short biography, which is Hickman’s method.
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