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The Flashman Papers by George MacDonald Fraiser

  If you enjoy raunchy sex, serious cowardice, scathing political satire, and remarkable historical accuracy then I highly recommend this series of books. The first one is simply entitled Flashman. My favorites in the series are Flashman At The Charge (detailing the Crimean War and the Charge of the Light Brigade), Flashman And The Mountain of Light (the story of how the Koor-i-noor diamond made it into Queen Victoria's possession), and Flashman's Lady (where his simpleton wife Elspeth is captured by pirates and he must save her). These stories all take place in real places and describe with minute attention to detail deeds that are known to have happened but are woven together by fictitious charecters and/or events. The footnotes are ample, the appendixes insightful.

The Aesetic of Desire by Sudhir Kakar

The story of Mallanaga Vatsyayana, the author of the Kamasutra. An enjoyable read with interesting insights into ancient Indian culture.

Kushiel's Chosen by Jacquiline Carey

A sublimely  written fantasy novel filled with explicit sexuallity and compelling charecters. The main heroine is a courtesan and a spy and the book has many exciting twists and turns. I had a fun time reading this in public and trying not to blush. It is followed by three other books, the only other one I enjoyed was Kushiel's Avatar but they are all well written and very interesting.


Sex Secrets of Escorts Tips From A Pro by Veronica Monet

This book was so good I read it in one sitting. An exhilerating  read. Many of the techniques are rather basic for those of us with a good deal of experience. But for those who lack such knowledge I can see how it would be a god send. The parts I found most fascinating involved sacred sexuality, the formula for seduction, and much of the psychological commentary she offers. I hope to some day meet the author over coffee and talk, she is incredible.

Faces of the Feminine in Ancient, Medieval, and Modern India edited by Mandakranta Bose

A collection of essays written by various scholars. Parts are rather dry but others are quite interesting. I particularly enjoyed the chapter on Sati.

Courtly Culture and Political Life in Early Medievale India by Daud Ali

An incredible book filled with detailed descriptions of life in the Medieval Indian court. I cannot rave enough about this book. If you spoke with me at all at Pennsic 36 then I'm sure I slipped it into conversation at least once. This book is my new best friend! Topics such as love, politics, gossip, manners, and decorum are all discussed. I do wish I had a good translation of the Natyashastra on hand as I read this as Mr. Ali sites the Natyashastra at least once per page. A fascinating read!

The Courtesan's Arts: Cross-Cultural Perspectives edited by Martha Feldman and Bonnie Gordon

A very enjoyable, in depth and scholarly approach to the history of courtesans. While lacking in medieval Indian information, it's insights into post-period Indian prostitution were enlightening. I also very much enjoyed the works on the geisha and the courtesans of Italy. A very well done collection of research pieces.

 Seductress: Women Who Ravished The World and Their Lost Art of Love, by Petsy Prioleau

 A very long title and a very good book. Very amusing and well written, not as scholarly as the Feldman-Gordon book mentioned above, it is still full to bursting with interesting information on the various techniques of seduction. Nothing specific to India, but still interesting.

The Book of the Courtesans: A Catalogue of Their Virtues, by Susan Griffin.

Nothing Indian, not much in period. Very easy to read, very fun with excellent pacing and beautiful pictures. More a collection of mini-biographies than anything else, it focuses mostly on France. A good book for the hammock!



Here is a link to the modern day Sex Workers of India Bill, it's dry and tedius but towards the end there is a good bit of information on the historical courtesan.

While the Kamasutra remains mute on the subject of cunnilingus there are others who do not. The best advice on how to eat pussy I have ever seen is on the following website. This is both really funny and entirely practical.