A scandalous woman in 18th century Dublin
biography: Peg Plunkett: Memoirs of an Irish Whore. By Julie Peakman. Quercus, €19. Reviewed by Joanne Hayden.
A scholar of sexual history, Julie Peakman specialises in exploring behaviour that is, or has at some point been, considered deviant. Her backlist includes such titles as The Pleasure’s All Mine: A History of Perverse Sex and Mighty Lewd Books: The Development of Pornography in Eighteenth-Century England.
In her new biography she charts the life of Peg Plunkett, 18th century Dublin’s most infamous courtesan and madam.
Plunkett’s own memoirs are Peakman’s primary source....
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