The Courtesan


The Courtesan

“A bird does not sing because it has an answer. It sings because it has a song”

The Courtesan ~ Alexandra Curry 

There is not one element in this story that a Historical Fiction fan could possibly resist. A true story, China in the 1880’s, a seven year old girl Jinhua is sold into prostitution by her evil step mother. Forced to bind her feet, as per Chinese customs and trained on the technicalities of “bed business” she is eventually taken as a Concubine by a high ranking Chinese diplomat. With him she travels to Europe and experiences a few months of fairytale bliss of friendship and romance; only to return to a changing and tumultuous China. If this story sounds almost too fantastical to be a true account, that’s because it probably is. Jinhua has achieved legendary status in China and nobody can be quite sure of the facts…

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About David Lindsay Jr

David Lindsay is the author of "The Tay Son Rebellion, Historical Fiction of Eighteenth- Century Vietnam," that covers a bloody civil war from 1770 to 1802. Find more about it at, also known as, David Lindsay is currently writing about Climate Change and the Sixth Extinction., as well as singing and performing a "folk concert" on Climate Change and the Sixth Extinction. He can be reached at daljr37(at)
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