Courtesan

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A courtesan, in modern usage, is a euphemism meaning an escort, mistress or a prostitute, for whom the art of dignified etiquette is the means of attracting wealthy, powerful, or influential clients.wikipedia
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A courtesan, in modern usage, is a euphemism meaning an escort, mistress or a prostitute, for whom the art of dignified etiquette is the means of attracting wealthy, powerful, or influential clients.
Such a woman could move between the roles of a mistress and a courtesan depending on her situation and environment.

Cora Pearl

In cases like this, a courtesan was solely dependent on her benefactor or benefactors financially, making her vulnerable; Cora Pearl is a good example.
Cora Pearl (born Eliza Emma Crouch, December 1836 – 8 July 1886) was a nineteenth-century courtesan of the French demimonde who enjoyed her greatest celebrity during the period of the Second French Empire.

Catherine Walters

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There are many examples of courtesans who, by remaining discreet and respectful to their benefactors, were able to extend their careers into or past middle age and retire financially secure; Catherine Walters is a good example.
Catherine Walters, also known as "Skittles" (13 June 1839 – 5 August 1920), was a fashion trendsetter and one of the last of the great courtesans of Victorian London.

Anarkali

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Anarkali (undefined) (pomegranate blossom), born as Sharif un-Nissa belongs to Sheikh Family, and also known as Nadira Begum, was a courtesan from Lahore (in modern-day Pakistan).

Amrapali

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Āmrapālī, also known as "Ambapālika", "Ambapali", or "Amra" was a celebrated nagarvadhu (royal courtesan) of the republic of Vaishali (located in present-day Bihar) in ancient India around 500 BC.

Phryne

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Phryne (born c. 371 BC) was an ancient Greek courtesan (hetaira), from the fourth century BC.

Lais of Hyccara

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Lais of Hyccara (died 340 BC) was a courtesan of Ancient Greece.

Prostitution

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A courtesan, in modern usage, is a euphemism meaning an escort, mistress or a prostitute, for whom the art of dignified etiquette is the means of attracting wealthy, powerful, or influential clients.
Oiran were courtesans in Japan during the Edo period.

Aspasia

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Hetaerae were professional high-class entertainers, as well as courtesans.

Lais of Corinth

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Lais of Corinth (fl. 425 BC) was a famous hetaira or courtesan of ancient Greece who was probably born in Corinth.

Marion Delorme

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Marion Delorme (3 October 1613 – 2 July 1650) was a French courtesan known for her relationships with the important men of her time.

Ninon de l'Enclos

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Anne "Ninon" de l'Enclos also spelled Ninon de Lenclos and Ninon de Lanclos (10 November 1620 – 17 October 1705) was a French author, courtesan, and patron of the arts.

Veronica Franco

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Veronica Franco (1546–1591) was an Italian poet and courtesan in 16th-century Venice.

Umrao Jaan Ada

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The term has also been applied to influential women including Anne Boleyn, Umrao Jaan, Madaline Bishop, Diane de Poitiers, Mathilde Kschessinska, Pamela Harriman, Eva Perón and Gabrielle "Coco" Chanel.
It is considered the first Urdu novel by many and tells the story of a courtesan and poet by the same name from 19th century Lucknow, as recounted by her to the author.

Kitty Fisher

Kitty Fisher (1741–1767) was a prominent British courtesan.

Justinian I

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For example, the title was applied to the Byzantine empress Theodora, who had started life as an erotic actress but later became the wife of the Emperor Justinian and, after her death, an Orthodox saint.
She was by profession a courtesan and some twenty years his junior.

Mary Nesbitt

Mary Nesbitt (born 1742/3 – died 1825) was an English upper class socialite and courtesan who mixed in the elevated circles of government and royalty in late 18th century Great Britain.

Sophia Baddeley

Sophia Baddeley born Sophia Snow (1745 – July 1786) was an English actress, singer and courtesan.

Dorothea Jordan

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Dorothea Jordan (21 November 1761 – 5 July 1816), also known interchangeably as Mrs Jordan and previously Miss Francis or Miss Bland, was an Anglo-Irish actress, courtesan and the mistress and companion of the future King William IV of the United Kingdom for 20 years (1791–1811) while he was Duke of Clarence.

Lola Montez

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Marie Dolores Eliza Rosanna Gilbert, Countess of Landsfeld (17 February 1821 – 17 January 1861), better known by the stage name Lola Montez, was an Irish dancer and actress who became famous as a "Spanish dancer", courtesan, and mistress of King Ludwig I of Bavaria, who made her Gräfin von Landsfeld (Countess of Landsfeld).

La Païva

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Esther Lachmann (, better known as La Païva ; 7 May 1819 – 21 January 1884) was the most famous of the 19th-century French courtesans.

Vaishali (ancient city)

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Vaiśālī is also renowned as the land of Amrapali, the great Indian courtesan, who appears in many folktales, as well as in Buddhist literature.

Harriette Wilson

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Wilson was a famed British Regency courtesan who became the mistress of William, Lord Craven, at the age of 15.

Coco Chanel

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The term has also been applied to influential women including Anne Boleyn, Umrao Jaan, Madaline Bishop, Diane de Poitiers, Mathilde Kschessinska, Pamela Harriman, Eva Perón and Gabrielle "Coco" Chanel.
At the age of twenty-three, Chanel became Balsan's mistress, supplanting the courtesan Émilienne d’Alençon as his new favourite.

Dangerous Beauty

The Honest Courtesan
Rather than go to a convent, Veronica's mother suggests she become a courtesan, a highly paid, cultured prostitute like her mother and grandmother before her.