Even leaving aside the flood-tides of poverty that increased the numbers of available women on all the high roads of the land, vagabond whores, with or without their ‘ruffian’ protectors, went from village to village to swell the ranks of the handful of ‘women common to all’ already there. They adapted their itinerary to the calendar of fairs and markets, pilgrimages, or the busiest season for agricultural labour. In remote barns, hired farm hands and tenant farmers who shared living quarters would share a whore as well, for several days or several weeks. The German merchants who travelled in convoy to the fairs at Lyons did the same, and river boatmen on weeks-long trips hired women on shore for rest and relaxation at stops along their way.
Nevertheless, it was in the towns and cities that prostitution really flourished, took on complex forms, and became institutionalized. Most of the urban centres of south-east France had a municipal brothel, a prostibulum publicum, constructed and maintained by princely or municipal authorities. Dijon, Beaune, Macon, Villefranche, Bourg-en-Bresse, Lyons, Bourg-lez-Valence, Valence, Romans, Viviers, Bagnols, Pont-Saint-Esprit, Orange, Avignon, Beaucaire, Tarascon, Arles, Nimes, Ales, Uzes, Cavaillon, Pernes, bedarrides and Sister on all had their maison lupanarde, their bon hostel, their bonne carrier (‘good street’) their Chateau-Gaillard (bawdy castle). It might also be called the maison de la vile, the maison commune, or the maison des fillettes; in popular parlance it was usually simply referred to as le bordel, the brothel. This list includes only the towns and cities whose archives have been conserved, which explains seemingly surprising omissions. We can state unequivocally, then, that there was no “good city” that did not have its ‘good house’.
More often than not, the urban brothel was built with public funds (that is, with tax revenues) and was leased to a manager (an abbesse of a tenacier), who in theory held a monopoly of prostitution in the town or city. This manager was responsible for recruiting the “girls”, sometimes with the approval of an official of the judicial system, and for making sure that the women respected the rules. Managers often provided board and lodging, and they guaranteed order within the small female community. If need be – for example, if the ‘abbess’ should die or leave during the term of her lease – the city fathers did not hesitate to take over the running of the house themselves. In Lyons, Beaucaire, Arles and Orange, a whole neighbourhood was reserved for prostitution; in Avignon it extended over several streets with a small, tree-lined square, bordered by rooms at its centre.
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