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[[File:Tyrion Lannister Nordheimer.jpg|350px|thumb|[[Tyrion Lannister]] with a whore - by Nordheimer ©]]  
 
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'''Prostitution''' is the act or practice of providing sexual services to another person in return for payment, most frequently [[Currency|coin]]. The person who receives payment for sexual services is called a prostitute but they are far better known in the [[A Song of Ice and Fire]] novels by the term ''whore''.
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'''Prostitution''' is the act or practice of providing sexual services to another person in return for payment, most frequently [[Currency|coin]]. The person who receives payment for sexual services is called a prostitute but is also known in the ''[[A Song of Ice and Fire]]'' novels by the term whore.  
  
Whores are quite heavily featured in the background of the novels.  The best known frequenter of whores is [[Tyrion Lannister]].
 
 
==About==
 
==About==
 
[[File:Tiziano Baracchi brothel madame.jpg|350px|thumb|right|A brothel madame in [[Lannisport]] © Fantasy Flight Games]]
 
[[File:Tiziano Baracchi brothel madame.jpg|350px|thumb|right|A brothel madame in [[Lannisport]] © Fantasy Flight Games]]
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*[[Bella]]
 
*[[Bella]]
 
*[[Leslyn]]
 
*[[Leslyn]]
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*[[Cass]]
 
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* The [[queen of whores]]
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==Whores in Essos==
 
==Whores in Essos==
In the [[Free Cities]], and other towns an cities, the attitude towards prostitution is slightly different, there appears to be less ignominy in engaging the services of a whore. This may be because many of the [[Free Cities]] practice slavery and where there is slavery there will be sexual abuse and exploitation, many whores are of course also [[slave]]s.  In the [[Free Cities]] and elsewhere the slave-whores bondage is indicated by the tears tattooed beneath their right eyes.  
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In the [[Free Cities]] and other places in [[Essos]], the attitude towards prostitution is different, and there appears to be less ignominy in engaging the services of a whore. This may be because many of the Free Cities practice [[slavery]] and where there is slavery there will be sexual abuse and exploitation. Slaves who are whores have tears tattooed beneath their right eyes.{{ref|ADWD|22}}{{ref|TWOIAF| The Free Cities: Volantis}}
  
The practice of [[slavery]] has also created a thriving business in trained male and female bed-slaves, particularly from [[Lys]], although whether all enslaved whores are also trained bed-slaves is unlikely.  
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The practice of slavery has created a thriving business in trained male and female bed-slaves, particularly from [[Lys]],{{ref|TWOIAF| The Free Cities: The Quarrelsome Daughters: Myr, Lys, and Tyrosh}} whose [[pillow house]]s and pleasure gardens are famous.{[ref|TWOIAF| Beyond the Free Cities: Sothoryos}} Whether all enslaved whores are also trained bed-slaves is unlikely. Many slaves are forced into prostitution during childhood. Most have little or no hope of escaping this way of life, aside from suicide, and are crushed by the abuse and despair they endure, such as the one visited by [[Tyrion Lannister]] in [[Selhorys]]. Her back is crisscrossed by ridges of scar tissue.  After he is finished with her a drunken Tyrion deliberates her:  
Many slaves are forced into prostitution during childhood. Most have little or no hope of escaping this way of life, aside from suicide, and are crushed by the abuse and despair they endure, such as the one visited by [[Tyrion Lannister]] in [[Selhorys]]. Her back is crisscrossed by ridges of scar tissue.  After he is finished with her a drunken Tyrion deliberates her:  
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{{Quote|[[sunset girl|This girl]] is as good as dead. I have just fucked a corpse. Even her eyes are dead. She does not even have the strength to loath me.{{Ref|aDwD|22}}}}
{{Quote|[[sunset girl|This girl]] is as good as dead. I have just fucked a corpse. Even her eyes are dead. She does not even have the strength to loath me.{{Ref|aDwD|22}}}}
 
  
In [[Braavos]] there are no slaves, so all the prostitutes are free. However, there are three classes of prostitutes on Braavos: the highly esteemed professional [[courtesan]]s; whores kept in a brothel; and the lowest street-walking dockside whores.
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In [[Braavos]] there are no slaves, so all the prostitutes are free. However, there are three classes of prostitutes on Braavos: the highly esteemed professional [[courtesan]]s; whores kept in a brothel; and the lowest street-walking dockside whores. Braavosi courtesans enjoy high status and are renowned worldwide.{{ref|TWOIAF| The Free Cities: Braavos}}
  
 
;Known Whores in Braavos:
 
;Known Whores in Braavos:
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* The [[Sailor's Wife]]
 
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* The [[sunset girl]]
 
* The [[sunset girl]]
 
==Courtesans==
 
See also: ''[[courtesan]]''
 
 
The highly esteemed profession of courtesan exists in [[Essos]].  A courtesan is not referred to as a whore although they may also offer sexual services.  [[Braavos]] is famous for its courtesans; they enjoy high status and are renowned worldwide.{{fact}}
 
  
 
==Red Graces==
 
==Red Graces==
The [[Ghis]]cari [[Red Graces]] are cult prostitutes housed in the [[Temple of the Graces]] in [[Meereen]]. There is no shame in their prostituting themselves; the same could not be said of the [[Westeros]]i counterpart the [[septa]].{{ref|adwd|68}}
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The [[Ghis]]cari [[Red Graces]] are religious prostitutes housed in the [[Temple of the Graces]] in [[Meereen]]. There is no shame in their prostituting themselves, but the same cannot be said of the [[Westeros]]i counterpart, the [[septa]].{{ref|adwd|68}}
  
 
==Summer Isles==
 
==Summer Isles==
[[Summer Islands|Summer Islanders]] esteem the art of lovemaking; there is no stigma to prostitution there.  
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[[Summer Isles|Summer Islanders]] esteem the art of lovemaking; there is no stigma to prostitution there.{{ref|AFFC|35}}
 
==Those known to frequent whores==
 
==Those known to frequent whores==
 
[[File:Ryan Barger city of sin.JPG|City of sin. © FFG|thumb|400px|right]]
 
[[File:Ryan Barger city of sin.JPG|City of sin. © FFG|thumb|400px|right]]
 
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==Quotes==
 
==Quotes==
{{Quote|Brothels are a much sounder investment than ships, I’ve found. Whores seldom sink, and when they are boarded by [[pirates]], why, the [[pirates]] pay good coin like everyone else.{{Ref|aGoT|27}}}}
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{{Quote|Brothels are a much sounder investment than ships, I've found. Whores seldom sink, and when they are boarded by [[pirates]], why, the pirates pay good coin like everyone else.{{Ref|aGoT|27}}}}
- [[Petyr Baelish]], to [[Eddard Stark]]
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- [[Petyr Baelish]] to [[Eddard Stark]]
  
  
{{Quote|Whores did have charms, especially if you had a face like [[Petyr Frey|Petyr’s]].{{Ref|asos|Epilogue}}}}
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{{quote|'''Shagga''': Shagga wants this woman.<br>
- thought of [[Merrett Frey]]
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'''Timett''': Shaggs wants every whore in [[King's Landing|this city of whores]].{{ref|acok|25}}}} - [[Timett]] to [[Shagga]]
  
  
 
{{Quote|A whore learns to see the man, not his garb, or she turns up dead in an alley.{{Ref|aCoK|44}}}}
 
{{Quote|A whore learns to see the man, not his garb, or she turns up dead in an alley.{{Ref|aCoK|44}}}}
- [[Shae]]
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- [[Shae]] to [[Tyrion Lannister]]
  
  
{{Quote|Some men keep their whoring secret.<ref>[http://georgerrmartin.com/if-sample.html The Winds of Winter, Arianne sample chapter]</ref>}}  
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{{Quote|Whores did have charms, especially if you had a face like [[Petyr Frey|Petyr's]].{{Ref|asos|Epilogue}}}}
- Ser [[Daemon Sand]]
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- thought of [[Merrett Frey]]
  
  
{{quote|[[Shagga]] wants every [[whore]] in [[King's Landing|this city of whores]].{{ref|acok|25}}}} - [[Timett]]
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{{Quote|Some men keep their whoring secret.<ref>[[Arianne I (The Winds of Winter)]]</ref>}}  
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- [[Daemon Sand]] to [[Arianne Martell]]
  
 
==References and Notes==
 
==References and Notes==

Revision as of 19:36, 9 June 2016

Tyrion Lannister with a whore - by Nordheimer ©

Prostitution is the act or practice of providing sexual services to another person in return for payment, most frequently coin. The person who receives payment for sexual services is called a prostitute but is also known in the A Song of Ice and Fire novels by the term whore.

About

A brothel madame in Lannisport © Fantasy Flight Games
An ironborn sailor with a whore. © FFG

Amongst whores, there are many hierarchies. Some cater to highly exclusive clientele, make a good enough living and may to a certain extent pick and choose their clientele, while others take who they can get and do whatever they have to in order to survive, often living miserable lives. In Essos many whores are enslaved.

Whores in Westeros

Whores are normally on the bottom rung of the societal ladder, even the wealthier ones, and are looked down upon by most people because of their trade. It is considered dishonorable for a nobleman to openly frequent whores and brothels, hence the secret passageway that runs from brothel in King's Landing to a nearby stable. Despite these attitudes, Westeros teems with brothels and whores. Tywin Lannister is well known for his disdain of whores and those who take advantage of their services.

Many of the Night's Watch visit the whores in the Mole's Town brothel. Despite their vows to remain celibate, a blind eye is turned to it out of pragmatism.[1]

In Dorne attitudes about sexuality are more relaxed, so it can be assumed that the view on prostitutes is more liberal. Some brothels in Westeros cater to more exclusive clientele, such as Chataya's. In contrast, the Lazy Eel is renowned for offering some of the oldest whores in White Harbor.[2] A black brothel may be an especially unsavory kind of brothel, there are black brothels in Oldtown.

A certain kind of whore, referred to as a camp follower follows armies and sellsword companies. Theon Greyjoy contemplates this at Winterfell:

Even here in this half-frozen lichyard of a castle, surrounded by snow and ice and death, there were women. Washerwoman. That was the polite way of saying camp follower, which was the polite way of saying whore. Where they came from Theon could not say. They just seemed to appear, like maggots on a corpse or ravens after a battle. Every army drew them. Some where hardened whores who could fuck twenty men in a night and drink them all blind. Others looked as innocent as maids, but that was just a trick of their trade. Some where camp brides, bound to soldiers they followed with words whispered to one god or another but doomed to be forgotten once the war was done. They would warm a man’s bed by night, patch holes in his boots at morning, cook his supper come dusk, and loot his corpse after the battle. Some even did a bit of washing. With them, oft as not, came bastard children, wretched, filthy creatures born in one camp or the other.[3]

Female whores feature most in Westeros, but it is mentioned that Satin was a boy-whore in Oldtown before joining the Night's Watch,[4] and the whore Hother "Whoresbane" Umber disemboweled in Oldtown was a man.[5]

On Maiden's Day maidens of noble houses are required to go to the sept to light tall white candles at the Maiden's feet and hang parchment garlands about her neck. Mothers, whores and widows are barred from the sept along with men.[6]

Petyr Baelish owns many brothels, he hid Jeyne Poole in one of them. A virgin whore’s maidenhead can cost a golden dragon.[7]

Known whores in Westeros
Known brothels in Westeros

Whores in Essos

In the Free Cities and other places in Essos, the attitude towards prostitution is different, and there appears to be less ignominy in engaging the services of a whore. This may be because many of the Free Cities practice slavery and where there is slavery there will be sexual abuse and exploitation. Slaves who are whores have tears tattooed beneath their right eyes.[8][9]

The practice of slavery has created a thriving business in trained male and female bed-slaves, particularly from Lys,[10] whose pillow houses and pleasure gardens are famous.{[ref|TWOIAF| Beyond the Free Cities: Sothoryos}} Whether all enslaved whores are also trained bed-slaves is unlikely. Many slaves are forced into prostitution during childhood. Most have little or no hope of escaping this way of life, aside from suicide, and are crushed by the abuse and despair they endure, such as the one visited by Tyrion Lannister in Selhorys. Her back is crisscrossed by ridges of scar tissue. After he is finished with her a drunken Tyrion deliberates her:

This girl is as good as dead. I have just fucked a corpse. Even her eyes are dead. She does not even have the strength to loath me.[8]

In Braavos there are no slaves, so all the prostitutes are free. However, there are three classes of prostitutes on Braavos: the highly esteemed professional courtesans; whores kept in a brothel; and the lowest street-walking dockside whores. Braavosi courtesans enjoy high status and are renowned worldwide.[11]

Known Whores in Braavos
Known Whores in Selhorys

Red Graces

The Ghiscari Red Graces are religious prostitutes housed in the Temple of the Graces in Meereen. There is no shame in their prostituting themselves, but the same cannot be said of the Westerosi counterpart, the septa.[12]

Summer Isles

Summer Islanders esteem the art of lovemaking; there is no stigma to prostitution there.[13]

Those known to frequent whores

City of sin. © FFG

Quotes

Brothels are a much sounder investment than ships, I've found. Whores seldom sink, and when they are boarded by pirates, why, the pirates pay good coin like everyone else.[14]

- Petyr Baelish to Eddard Stark


Shagga: Shagga wants this woman.
Timett: Shaggs wants every whore in this city of whores.[15]

- Timett to Shagga


A whore learns to see the man, not his garb, or she turns up dead in an alley.[16]

- Shae to Tyrion Lannister


Whores did have charms, especially if you had a face like Petyr's.[17]

- thought of Merrett Frey


Some men keep their whoring secret.[18]

- Daemon Sand to Arianne Martell

References and Notes