10 women of easy virtue, whose names are firmly entrenched in history

10 women of easy virtue, whose names are firmly entrenched in history

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While much is known about such historical figures as King Louis XV, Emperor Napoleon Bonaparte and King Charles II, few people know that behind the backs of these famous men were their mistresses, who were often their advisers and mothers of their children.

These women have forever inscribed their names in the annals of history, although in fact they sold their love for money and wealth. Despite this, famous mistresses at one time were educated women, artists, actresses and researchers. Their lives were full of secrets and intrigues, and men were ready to do anything for them.

10 women of easy virtue, whose names are firmly entrenched in history

Phryne

10 women of easy virtue, whose names are firmly entrenched in historyPhryne is one of the few courtesans whose beauty can still be admired in fine arts museums. The ancient Greek beauty posed for the famous painter Apelles and sculptor Praxiteles, who for the first time decided to depict the goddess of love Aphrodite naked.

Phryne was such a wealthy woman that she wanted to rebuild the walls of Thebes destroyed by Alexander the Great at her own expense. But like many women of easy virtue of that time, Phryne was disliked and condemned.

Once she even appeared in court and proved her case, almost completely naked and demonstrating her beauty. Phryne was acquitted because the Greeks believed that a woman with such a beautiful body could not lie.

Veronica Franco

10 women of easy virtue, whose names are firmly entrenched in history

Veronica was a member of the most prestigious literary circles of Venice, maintained friendship with philosophers and writers. After the outbreak of the plague, she appeared in court on charges of heresy and witchcraft. But she defended herself so eloquently and passionately at the meetings that she was acquitted.

Madame Du Barry

10 women of easy virtue, whose names are firmly entrenched in history

It was there that the depressed and gloomy King of France, Louis, nicknamed Beloved, noticed her. Marie was immediately married off to a nobleman in order to have unhindered access to the court. After the death of Louis XV, she was sent to a monastery, later executed by guillotine during the revolution in Paris.

Sally Salisbury

10 women of easy virtue, whose names are firmly entrenched in history

Sally Salisbury was a daring and very popular prostitute of London in the XVIII century. At the age of 14, she already worked in a privileged brothel for aristocrats. She was famous for her beauty, humor and quick temper. For which she paid — she stabbed one of the brothel's clients for a couple of opera tickets and was put in jail. She died there due to complications from syphilis.

Nell Gwyn

10 women of easy virtue, whose names are firmly entrenched in history

Nell Gwyn was a famous favorite of King Charles II of England, to whom she gave birth to two sons. In her youth, Nell sold oranges at the theater and subsequently fell in love with theatrical art. She became a famous and beloved actress, especially she managed comedy roles.

Cora Pearl

10 women of easy virtue, whose names are firmly entrenched in history

Emma Elizabeth Crouch was born in London in the XIX century, studied at a boarding school in France, was well-mannered and educated. After she was raped by an unknown man in London and left her money for it, Emma did not return to her father's house, but became a courtesan and took the name Cora Pearl. She became a real celebrity in Paris, her patrons were exclusively aristocrats and famous men of that time.

Catherine Waters

10 women of easy virtue, whose names are firmly entrenched in history

In the XIX century, the whole of London was at the feet of the beauty, courtesan and style icon Catherine Waters. She was popular, well educated, and had wealthy patrons. Catherine wore tight-fitting clothes, and the whole Hyde Park came running to look at her while riding horses. Among her lovers were King Edward VII and Napoleon III, and, unlike other courtesans of that time, her life did not end tragically. She died peacefully in prosperity at the age of 80.

Lulu White

10 women of easy virtue, whose names are firmly entrenched in history

The stories about the red light street in New Orleans Storyville at the beginning of the XX century would not be complete without mentioning the name of the brothel owner Lulu White. Her establishment was a favorite place for jazz fans, where gentlemen could spend the night with a woman in one of 15 separate rooms. Lulu White is even mentioned in Louis Armstrong's song Mahogany Hall Stomp.

Poor Jane

10 women of easy virtue, whose names are firmly entrenched in history

Martha Jane Canary Burke, or Trouble Jane, was an American resident of the frontier in the Wild West, a scout, fought against the Indians and participated in the Buffalo Bill show. But few people know that she worked for a while as a prostitute in Fort Bridger, Wyoming. Her contemporaries described the Troubled Jane as a beautiful woman with black eyes. In the end, Jane chose a different path and began to dress more like a man, because it was more convenient for her.

Sada Abe

10 women of easy virtue, whose names are firmly entrenched in history

The whole of Japan found out about her when a woman was arrested for the murder of her lover — she strangled him during love games, and then cut off her genitals and took them with her. Over time, her story has become overgrown with many mystical rumors, inspired artists, philosophers, writers and cinematographers.

Keywords: Power | Money | Courtesan | Mistress | Prostitutes | Prostitution

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