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Shakespeare among the courtesans : prostitution, literature, and drama, 1500-1650 / Duncan Salkeld.

Introduction: Classical and early modern counterparts -- English prototypes and the "foul disease" -- Travellers and the sex trade in early modern London -- In between Renaissance sheets: making contact -- Courtesan culture in Kyd, Marlowe and Heywood -- Shakespeares, the Clerkenwell madam and Rose Flower -- Vanishing tricks: Dekker, Marston, Shakespeare and Middleton.