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courtesan

, courtezan
(esp formerly) a prostitute, or the mistress of a man of rank
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In The Mulberry Courtesan, the protagonist is kidnapped, sold into slavery and gifted to Bahadur Shah Zafar, but her circumspect sense of bravery and self-preservation results in her becoming one of the very few whom the emperor can trust completely
Enjoy some of Paris' greater and lesser known treasures, including a tour of La Paiva mansion, the "love palace" built by one of the most famous courtesans of the Belle Epoque.
Noel writes into history women who were colony administrators, hospital founders, successful entrepreneurs and influential aristocrats, as well as women who were illicit trade operators, tavern keepers and courtesans. I'd already heard about the 17th century Agathe Saint-Pere, who established the first Canadian textile mill in her home.
Courtesans were often a favorite theme along with scenes from the licensed quarter.
In the introduction (11-14) Giusti considers the example of Veronica Franco and this Venetian courtesan's ability to cross social boundaries, or what he calls her amphibological skill, as an asset of Renaissance courtesans.
Courtesans and Fishcakes: The Consuming Passions of Classical Athens.
With these words Xiaxian Wei, one of the top-ranking changsan courtesans in the novel fights the wife of her patron, Jicun Yao who comes to Wei's courtesan house to search for her husband, Yao, and is rendered speechless by Wei's argument.
Courtesans have long exerted a powerful hold on the imagination.
Hight, in her essay, "The Many Lives of Beaoto's Beauties", talks about another function played by colonial photographs of Japanese courtesans and geishas--the construction of desire, which, in turn, fuelled colonial travel.
Courtesans also figure in English texts of this period as evidence of Italian depravity and inferiority.
Synopsis: It is a time of celebration in the Pingkang Li, where imperial scholars and bureaucrats mingle with beautiful courtesans. At the center is the Lotus Palace, home of the most exquisite courtesans in China.
A lady notorious with entertaining only the highest members of social standing, including royalty, Cora Pearl was one of the most feted courtesans of her time.