Theodora made it her business to also devise punishments for the sins of the flesh. Prostitutes - more than five hundred in all- were rounded up; women who in the middle of the forum sold their services for a shilling a time, just enough to keep body and soul together.

They were then dispatched to the mainland opposite and confined in the Convent known as Repentance. However, some of them from time to time threw themselves down from the parapet during the night, and so escaped being transmogrified against their will.

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