Were we that sexually different in the 17th century? It appears not, and sex was still an important part of daily life. People fantasized about sex and talked about sex but virginity was not such an easy. After all, women married a lot younger which meant they lost their virginity. Despite all of this, it is very likely many had sex before marriage. Reading accounts from that period of time, there is no mention of London escorts but there were indeed services for gentlemen to use. History may still reveal that there was some kind of London escorts service but we may have to look through a gentleman’s diary.
The fact is that back in the 17th century there were probably plenty of London escorts. But, it is important to remember that many members of British society spoke French. So instead of looking for London escorts maybe we should look for London courtesans. Courtesans at that time were popular in so called higher society and you will often ﬁnd that there are many notes referring to courtesans. In fact, many gents seem to have been attending dinners and functions with their courtesans when they wives were “indisposed”. In that case it means that sex and society in 17th century London wasn’t very much different from society of 21st London.
As a matter of fact, it seemed that many ﬁne gents had a habit of dating certain courtesans or London escorts. The London escorts of the 17th century used to accompany their gents to dinner parties and even go for walks in the park with them. “Riding out” with your favorite London escorts was not that unusual neither. Gents used to take their ladies out for a carriage rid in places like Hyde Park or many other places around London. It was often known as taking the air or promenading. I wonder what else they got up to?
Where there such a thing as London escorts agencies? In fact, there were agencies of many kind in London around that time. However, it is not clear if there were any London escorts agencies. Some historians believe that they may have had a different names but there were certainly places where gents could turn to to ﬁnd sexy companions. Who used sexy companions? Records show that many Royals often date courtesans. Of course, they were brought into the court by other gents but were often for the amusement of the Royals. Some Royals were even well known for dating courtesans.
When did London courtesans ﬁrst become London escorts? It is known very clear when the term
London escorts was ﬁrst introduced. The term escort seem to have come across from the United States sometime in the 1960’s. At that time it was popular for many senior politicians and business men to date escorts. This probably still happens but morals have changed and now we more than ever expect our politicians to upstanding and righteous. The problem is that nothing much has changed. Politicians still philander and perhaps even charge their London escorts’ services to their expense accounts. I wonder if they can claim for escorts services???