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The Beggar's Benison: Sex Clubs of Enlightenment Scotland and Their…

by David Stevenson

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A wonderful piece of research into the freemasonry of sex in Scotland ( )
1 vote GlenRalph | Aug 14, 2009 |
Two clubs, dedicated to proclaiming the joys of libertine sex and mutual masturbation, thrived in 18th century Scotland. One of these was called The Beggar's Benison (1732) which began in the East Neuk of Fife but grew until there were branches in Edinburgh, Glasgow, St Petersburg, and London. The Prince of Wales (later George IV) became a member. The toast "The Beggar's Benison" was drunk at all meetings - the words of the benison (blessing) usually being "May Prick or Purse never fail you". Some relics from these bawdy clubs can still be found, and are illustrated in the book: punch bowls with mottos, wine glasses, seals, test platters, breath horns, medals and diplomas.
An extremely serious, thoroughly researched history of one of the more arcane aspects of the Enlightenment. ( )
1 vote herschelian | Nov 17, 2006 |
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