Remember the book I once spoke you about that talk about all the «fan codes»? I finally found it. It is called «O Amor em Portugal no Século XVIII» (Love in Portugal in the 18th Century) by Júlio Dantas. The book was written in 1916 so probably has more of a Romantic view on the subject than actually a real historical document. Nevertheless, much of it is now corroborated by Historians.Scandalous! It brings to mind how brothels were often referred to as nunneries. Thank you for the fabulous history lesson, Fabultastic! Taking a quick look through the ebook makes me think it is something I would thoroughly enjoy reading.
The book also talks of a particular type of Portuguese lover than was in fashion at the time: the «freirático» (the nun's lover). In a über catholic country, there were so many nuns that they became the image of the ideal lover. Disguised under a cover of Platonism, a trend was born amongst the royals to have a nun as lover. Even the King, D. João V, had a thing for nuns and soon become known as the «Odivelas' Rooster» (Odivelas had one of the biggest convents). This when to such a degree that, at a certain point, the King had to make an edit recognizing his several illegitimate sons: this was known as the «Meninos de Palhavã» (the Palhavã boys). There are still today, some traditional songs that sing about the «virtues» of those nuns...
I enclose a picture of the book's first edition and you can go to http://ia700402.us.archive.
org/11/items/ oamoremportugaln00dant/ oamoremportugaln00dant.pdf and see all the book and illustrations. Unfortunately, I think that there is not an English version.
Tomorrow I will post a crash course in eighteenth century fan language, stay tuned!