Regency Era Women of Low Virtue-FREE Historical Romance Too! Harriette Wilson, Collette Cameron Historical Romance Author, Passion and Plunder FREE ebook, Regency Romance, Scottish Highlander Romance Free to read online

Regency Era Women of Low Virtue-FREE Historical Romance Too!

Regency Era Women of Low Virtue-FREE Historical Romance Too!

Regency Era Women of Low Virtue-FREE Historical Romance Too! Harriette Wilson, Collette Cameron Historical Romance Author, Passion and Plunder FREE ebook, Regency Romance, Scottish Highlander Romance Free to read online

 

Regency Era Women of Low Virtue-FREE Historical Romance Too! Harriette Wilson, Collette Cameron Historical Romance Author, Passion and Plunder FREE ebook, Regency Romance, Scottish Highlander Romance Free to read onlineCollette Cameron here today.

I was rearranging my books—to make room for more, of course—and I took a few moments to thumb through one of my volumes of The Memoirs of Harriette Wilson, a famous Regency era courtesan. Hers is a fascinating story, and her biography was written as a vendetta against the men who’d promised, and failed, to support her in her old-age.

Women who chose to become courtesans or demimondes weren’t common prostitutes. They came from all walks of life from country girls who ventured to town, to actresses, widows, even women of the upper class.

High class courtesans such as Harriette often kept quite nice homes with servants and entertained on the level of some of London’s elite. They visited the best modistes and even had their own theatre boxes. Prestigious patrons who could afford their fees came to them, and competition among the demimonde to steal the affections of a high-ranking gentleman wasn’t unheard of. To be ‘kept’ carte-blanche as a mistress and perhaps even eventually marry was far preferred to selling their wares.

Regency Era Women of Low Virtue-FREE Historical Romance Too! Harriette Wilson, Collette Cameron Historical Romance Author, Passion and Plunder FREE ebook, Regency Romance, Scottish Highlander Romance Free to read onlineJust a couple of days ago, I stumbled upon Harris’s List of Covent Garden Ladies, a handy directory one could purchase for a mere half crown. Inside the attractive volume was a list of dozens and dozens of ladies, their physical descriptions, and the services they specialized in.

Do you supposed it as an honor to make that list?

Many courtesans and brothel owners were quite proud of their profession and the infamy they achieved. Harriette ventured into her chosen career at fifteen, and in the opening line of her memoir, she refuses to say why. Three of her sisters also entered the trade by choice. Such wasn’t always the case. With no other way to earn a living, girls as young as eight and nine often took to the streets and became prostitutes, offering their charms to passing men.

Regency Era Women of Low Virtue-FREE Historical Romance Too! Harriette Wilson, Collette Cameron Historical Romance Author, Passion and Plunder FREE ebook, Regency Romance, Scottish Highlander Romance Free to read onlineAt one time, one in five women living in London were engaged in prostitution at one level or another. The lowest class plied their trade on the streets and in their shared rooms, while others worked in fashionable brothels, or like Harriette and her sisters, aimed their sites much higher.

Even on the streets there was a system, an order, to how the ladies of the evening obtained their clients. Among the streetwalkers, the higher class women ventured onto the streets first, seeking a customer for the evening. Much later, the older women appeared. They included the diseased and those who were desperate and less particular. They’d often assault intoxicated passersby, crudely offering themselves and even conceding to satisfying a man in public.

 

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During the Regency era, women of loose virtue were called a variety of names, many of which I’ve used in my books.

Courtesan

Demimonde

Cyprian

Doxy (not to be confused with dachsie-short-legged little hound dogs of which I have five!)

Light-skirt

Lady-bird

Peculiar

Prime articles

Trollops

Strumpets

Wagtail

Convenients

Haymarket Ware

Incognitas

I’m sure there are terms I’ve miss, so please share if you know more.

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Would you sacrifice everything for the person you love, knowing you can never be together?

A desperate Scottish lady

Lydia Farnsworth—the sole surviving heir to the Laird of Tornbury Fortress—has lost nearly everyone she loves. Now her father lies on his deathbed. And as if this isn’t dire enough, he’s invited men from the surrounding area to a warrior’s contest—the winner to claim Lydia as his bride.

A Scotsman dueling with his past

Alasdair McTavish, son of Craiglocky Keep’s war chief, is a seasoned warrior in his own right. So when he’s sent to Tornbury to train the Farnsworth soldiers, he’s more than equal to the task.

When a dangerous adversary makes a move against Lydia, a dastardly scheme comes to light, and Alasdair realizes only he can protect Lydia.

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USA Today Bestselling Author, COLLETTE CAMERON pens Scottish and Regency historicals featuring rogues, rapscallions, rakes, and the intelligent, intrepid damsels who reform them.

Blessed with three spectacular children, fantastic fans, and a compulsive, over-active, and witty Muse who won’t stop whispering new romantic romps in her ear, she still lives in Oregon with her husband and five mini-dachshunds, though she dreams of living in Scotland part-time.

Admitting to a quirky sense of humor, Collette enjoys inspiring quotes, adores castles and anything cobalt blue, and is a self-confessed Cadbury chocoholic. You’ll always find dogs, birds, occasionally naughty humor, and a dash of inspiration in her sweet-to-spicy timeless romances.

15 Responses

  1. Glenda

    The term Doxy is always one that throws me since I know so many people who use it for their dogs. The worst was when I was reading – I don’t even remember which book – and right after a character used the term Doxy with the Regency definition, a friend who at the time owned 4 dachsies texted me asking about a toy for one of her pups. Yes, she typed doxy…. lol.

  2. Teresa Broderick

    I’ve actually never heard of the word doxy used for dogs!! It’s definitely a new one on me. Love the cover of the book. Covers are very important to me.

  3. Karen :-)

    LOL for the Doxy’s comments! My difficulty is with the names Jake, Biffy and Lou. I’m sure you can understand why I have trouble with the names. I literally made my youngest son’s middle name Jacob instead of his first because I just couldn’t bring myself to call him Jake! 😀
    But the numerous euphemisms for both the public bathrooms and women forced to sell themselves -in or out of marriage because a lot of the marriages weren’t much better than being ‘sold’ – were amazing. Almost as many as were/are used to describe the extremely private organs involved. (Why I still seem to have a difficulty with the phrase in politics of “Private Members’ Bill”! :-0)
    Very interesting article, Collette!

  4. Molly R. Moody

    I would love to win the print copy but if I don’t, I’ll get it as a free ebook.

  5. Terrie

    What an interesting article – a social ladder even on the streets. How sad that 20% of the female population needed to rely on prostitution to survive.

    • Collette Cameron

      There weren’t many options for women when it came to jobs and there were no social services to speak of to help those who were destitute.