LIBERTINE LONDON: Sex in the 18th Century Metropolis with Julie Peakman

Julie Peakman returns to The Century to explore the sex lives of women from 1680 to 1830 – the period known as the long eighteenth century – and to launch her latest book on the subject.

She will uncover the various experiences of women, whether mistresses, adulteresses or those involved in the sex trade, from renowned courtesans to downtrodden streetwalkers and investigate the multifaceted lives of these women within brothels, on stage and even behind bars.

Based on new research into court transcripts, asylum records, magazines, pamphlets, satires, songs, theatre plays and erotica, we will learn of the gruesome treatment of women who were sexually active outside of marriage. Julie looks at sex from women’s points of view, undercutting the traditional image of the bawdy eighteenth century to expose a more sordid side, of women left distressed, ostracized and vilified for their sexual behaviour.

Julie Peakman Julie is a historian and author of many books on the history of sexuality. She is a Fellow of the Royal Historical Society and Honorary Fellow at Birkbeck College, University of London. She is a frequent contributor to academic journals, national newspapers and popular magazines and has worked on television documentaries for the BBC, Channel 4, Sky and the Biography Channel.

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