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Erotic ExchangesThe World of Elite Prostitution in Eighteenth-Century Paris$
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Nina Kushner

Print publication date: 2013

Print ISBN-13: 9780801451560

Published to Cornell Scholarship Online: August 2016

DOI: 10.7591/cornell/9780801451560.001.0001

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Leaving Home

Leaving Home

(p.46) Chapter 2 Leaving Home
Erotic Exchanges

Nina Kushner

Cornell University Press

This chapter recounts the story of Anne Michelet, a dame entretenue. When she was fourteen years old, Anne Michelet traveled to Paris to find work, sharing a chambre garnie (furnished room) with a friend with whom she worked in linen production or maintenance. At age nineteen, she became the kept woman of a Flemish marquis. Anne's path to prostitution can be traced back to her relationship with a twenty-six-year- old soldier in the Black Musketeers. In relation to her story, inspectors believe that loss of sexual honor led many women to step away from the path toward marriage and become part of the demimonde.

Keywords:   Anne Michelet, dame entretenue, marriage, kept woman, Black Musketeers, sexual honor, prostitution

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