"The Brothel as Sanctuary" was an article written by Dr. Plitheroe regarding Saint Floradora in the Winter 1950 edition of Plethora (Saint Fidgeta and Other Parodies, 82).


Sanctuary is not just the consecrated area of a church or temple around its tabernacle or altar, but the right to be safe from arrest in the sanctuary of a church or temple, recognized by English law from the 4-17th Century.  Many ancient peoples recognized a religious "right of asylum", protecting criminals (or those accused of crime) from legal action to some extent. This principle was adopted by the early Christian church, and various rules developed for what the person had to do to qualify for protection and just how much protection it was[1]. In this case, the brothel was thought a sacred, blessed place for a saint to dwell.


  1. Wikipedia: Sanctuary

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