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Convents and Courtesans Patsy Erskine-Hill Thursday 16 January 2020

This lecture is based on extraordinary research showing how thousands of women were forced to enter convents against their will in order to save their families the cost of their dowries.  This was matched by huge growth in the number and wealth of Venetian courtesans, who flourished in this distorted society and who were notorious throughout Europe.

This lecture will be held at the JobServe Community Stadium, Colchester CO4 5UP in the Centennial Suite on the first floor.  Coffee will be served from 10.15 and the lecture starts at 11 am.