It’s probably not what you think… Well, if you think it’s about an independent group of living history re-enactors portraying, studying, and educating others about pre-17th century sex-workers, then you’d be right. The Knowne World Courtesans (KWC) is one of the many groups in the Society of Creative Anachronisms. An inclusive group made up of courtesans/sex-workers of all genders and their supporters. The KWC is a group dedicated to not only the above, but also stands against whorephobia, slut-shamming, bigotry, racism, sexism, transphobia, homophobia, and all other forms of prejudice.

To read more click HERE.

The Badge of the KWC: A Hart of Gold

Did you know…

The Queen Mother Catherine de’ Medici’s Flying Squadron (L’escadron volant) was a group of beautiful women, one of the more famous one’s being Charlotte de Sauve, composed of spies and informants recruited to seduce important men at Court, and thereby extract information to pass on to the Queen Mother.

Knowne World Courtesans On The Web


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

Lives of the Courtesans: Portraits of the Renaissance by Lynne Lawner

Prostitutes and Courtesans in the Ancient World by Christopher A. Faraone (Author, Editor), Laura K. McClure (Editor)

Veronica Franco, Courtesan and Poet by Dacia Mariani, J. Douglas Campbell (Translator), Leonard G. Sbrocchi (Translator)

Les Courtisanes de Montaigne by Nerina Clerici Balmas

Risqué Beauty: Beauty Secrets of History’s Most Notorious Courtesans by Daniela Turudich

The Honest Courtesan by Margaret Rosenthal

Additional Resources

For more information about, and ways to support, modern day sex-workers, check out the Red Umbrella Fund.