Patron Saint of Prostitutes

josephine butler patron saint of prostitutes

Available now from The History Press and booksellers

Josephine Butler  was once described as ‘the most distinguished Englishwoman of the nineteenth century’.

She was the leader of a national women’s political campaign in Victorian England, at a time when women did not have the vote. She campaigned on behalf of prostitutes and abused and trafficked women from 1869 until her death in 1906. Against all the odds, she succeeded in repealing a law which allowed prostitutes to be sexually assaulted by police surgeons on a regular basis.

Josephine Butler’s dramatic life story is far more sexually graphic than any Victorian novel. She went into brothels, prisons and the ‘lock’ hospitals where women were examined and treated against their will. She stood up to cruel and coldly calculating authority figures such as the Superintendant of the Morals Policein Paris, the Minister of Justice in Rome and the Public Prosecutor in Brussels. It is also a great love story – the marriage of Josephine and George Butler was blissfully happy and an invaluable source of support to her.

This story is not well-known. It has never been the subject of a film or major TV programme.  Patron Saint of Prostitutes tells this story.

HOW TO BUY Patron Saint of Prostitutes: Josephine Butler and a Victorian Scandal by Helen Mathers is published by The History Press,  ISBN: 9780752492094

Available in UK from all good booksellers.  Competitive prices on Amazon UK Marketplace. Order from Amazon UK Marketplace.

A Kindle edition is available from Amazon UK.     Order a Kindle edition

Signed copies are available from the author at £12.50 + postage.  Email 

Available in USA and Canada from IPG    Order from IPG


Updated 22 Jan 2015


One thought on “Patron Saint of Prostitutes

  1. Letitia Six says:

    I just came across your comment from months ago, and I thank you for pointing those things out. I have updated that information (among a few other things) for clarification. I look forward to reading some of Ellen Buckingham Mathews (AKA Helen Mathers) books. Perhaps one can help me with my thesis. Butler was an amazing woman.

    Best regards,
    L. R. Six

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