Fanny Murray (1729-1778) was allegedly the most beautiful and undoubtedly the most famous courtesan of Her generation. Novels were dedicated to Her, songs and poems paid tribute to Her beauty, ships were named after Her, as were racehorses and even gin cocktails. The men in those days certainly knew how to put a Lady on a pedestal! Now, we pride ourselves today for cleaning the soles of a Lady’s shoes with our tongue. We honestly think that’s the superlative of submissiveness and a true token of devotion. Well, many of Fanny’s followers would disagree with that. Not only did they use Her shoes as champagne glasses, according to a famous anecdote a couple of Her most devoted worshippers ate Her shoes in 1747. Sliced and fried in butter, “to testify their affection for the Lady.” Compared to that we’re all oafs, wouldn’t you say? So, one worn shoe please, sprinkled with parsley and vinegar on the side. Yummy!