Rosa Coote

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Rosa Coote is a fictional dominatrix appearing as a stock character in a number of works of Victorian erotica, including The Convent School, or Early Experiences of A Young Flagellant (as the notional author) by William Dugdale[1][2][3] and "Letters to a Lady Friend" or "Miss Coote's Confession" in The Pearl.[4][5][6] Henry Spencer Ashbee writes of The Convent School that "The book is not altogether badly written; no part of the narrative however is attractive".[1]

The surname "Coote" is taken from the historical General Sir Eyre Coote, who was disgraced in a flogging scandal in 1815:[7][8] in "Miss Coote's Confession" the general is stated to be Rosa Coote's grandfather.[4] The character is probably based on the real-life Theresa Berkley who ran a brothel in Soho in the 1830s.[9]

The character reappears in The League of Extraordinary Gentlemen by Alan Moore and Kevin O'Neill.[2][10][11]


  1. ^ a b Henry Spencer Ashbee (as Pisanus Fraxi), "Catena librorum tacendorum", 1885, p.244
  2. ^ a b Annalisa Di Liddo, "Alan Moore: Comics As Performance, Fiction As Scalpel", Great Comics Artists Series, Univ. Press of Mississippi, 2009, ISBN 1-60473-213-X, p.179
  3. ^ Steven Marcus, "The other Victorians: a study of sexuality and pornography in mid-nineteenth-Century England", Transaction Publishers, 2008, ISBN 1-4128-0819-7, p.76
  4. ^ a b Henry Spencer Ashbee (as Pisanus Fraxi), "Catena librorum tacendorum", 1885, p.344
  5. ^ Peggy J. Kleinplatz, Charles Allen Moser, "Sadomasochism: powerful pleasures", Haworth Press, 2006, ISBN 1-56023-640-X, p.60
  6. ^ Claudia Nelson, Michelle H. Martin, "Sexual pedagogies: sex education in Britain, Australia, and America, 1879-2000", Palgrave Macmillan, 2004, ISBN 1-4039-6350-9, pp.24,27
  7. ^ John Chandos, "Boys together: English public schools, 1800-1864", Hutchinson, 1984, ISBN 0-09-139240-3, pp.236-7
  8. ^ R. G. Thorne, "The House of Commons, 1790-1820, Volume 3", Boydell & Brewer, 1986, ISBN 0-436-52101-6, p.499
  9. ^ Iwan Bloch, William H Forstern, "Sexual life in England, past and present", F. Aldor, 1938, pp.353,361
  10. ^ Maryanne Rhett, "The Graphic Novel and the World History Classroom", World History Connected, vol.4 no.2 (Feb. 2007)
  11. ^ Marc Silver and Giovanna Buonanno, "Cross-cultural encounters: identity, gender, representation", (XXI national congress of the Associazione Italiana di Anglistica, held at the University of Modena and Reggio Emilia on 25 - 27 September 2003) Officina, 2005, ISBN 88-87570-89-2, p.110

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