The term abbesse, in this ‘sense’, can be found as early as William of Malmesbury (1095-1143) (Gesta regum anglorum, Patr. Lat. Col. 1384-1385), speaking of the lupanar founded by Gauthier de Burges, Bishop of Poitiers. The comparison proved extremely popular. I should note that the title of ‘abbess’ was used particularly often in the regions in which young men’s organizations were called ‘abbeys’. The ‘abbess’ was either a prostitute herself or a former prostitute, and might even be married. Around the turn of the 16th century a male leaseholder (tenacier) often took the place of the ‘abbess’.
An official of the law courts (in Arles and Tarascon it was the lieutenant du viguier; in Beaucaire the chatelaine; in Dijon, the prevot, in Lyons, the roi des ribauds) admitted or rejected the prostitutes. The ‘abbess’, who was also an informant for the authorities, was charged with making the ‘girls’ respect the rules of the trade (we shall see later what that means in terms of mores), with seeing to it that the brothel did not become a gaming house in which blasphemy could be heard, and with making sure that clients stayed no more than one night so the house would not become a den of beggars and drifters. 
Fornication simplex, normal sexual intercourse, was not only, in those days at least a perfectly admissible sin, but positively a form of alibi against the suspicion of giving into worse inclinations. An energetic woman called an abbess supervised all the whores, who were birched at all 4 corners of the city for the slightest fault. 
These typically middle-class arguments, with their spice of prurience, were found convincing. They were based on the consideration that whores, after all, were necessary and could easily be replaced- from abroad, naturally – as soon as they grew stale. For, there could be no question of training local girls for such a trade. It was in this way, in the shadows of the walls of small towns, cozily enough, that the traffic started which today causes headlines when practiced under the neon-lighting of St. Paul’s. 
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