I gather there was a lot of prostitution in bath-houses, particularly in England, but what I'm trying to sort out actually is what was the normal behavior in a 'normal' bath-house in Central Europe in the 15th Century. Brothels were typically regulated and taxed as such, as were the sex workers. Over 150 show up on one tax roll in Stockholm in 1480.
But there are different threads here, many of these relatively small cities I've been reading about in the Baltic area had 10 or 20 bath-houses of different types, and there were also many rural ones of the Banya (steam bath) type as well. I'm trying to understand better what the social context of these once.
Thanks for the links though I am going to check those out. The book looks interesting I may have to get that, though England is not the area I'm really looking at right now.
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