Bawdy House Riots of 1668

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The 1668 Bawdy House Riots took place in 17th-century London following the repression of a series of annual Shrove Tuesday attacks against brothels.[1][2]

Samuel Pepys records the events in his Diary on 24 and 25 March. He mentions that they were perceived as anti-royal demonstrations by working-class apprentices centred on Moorfields, with echoes of the Puritanism of the Cromwellian era. The protests specifically targeted the immoral behaviour of King Charles II and his court, as the king had been engaged in a series of extra-marital affairs with high-profile courtesans. Pepys noted, "How these idle fellows have had the confidence to say that they did ill in contenting themselves in pulling down the little bawdy-houses, and did not go and pull down the great bawdy-house at Whitehall." Nine of the ringleaders were sentenced to death.

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  1. ^ Katherine Romack (2009). "Striking the posture of a whore: the Bawdy House Riots and the 'antitheatrical prejudice'". Genders. Retrieved 2011-08-08. 
  2. ^ Harris, T. (September 1986). "The Bawdy House Riots of 1668". The Historical Journal 29 (3): 537–556. doi:10.1017/S0018246X00018902. JSTOR 2639047.  edit