The practicalities of a courtesan’s life: sexually-transmitted disorders, the perils of childbirth, the means of prevention, such as they were.
The situation of Regency sex workers: their legal position and the various strata of the profession.
The robust historical evidence for the existence of an ethnically-mixed population in London (and other parts of the UK) in the early nineteenth century.
Maybe we can’t talk about LGBTQ people then in exactly the ways we would today: but there were people engaging in same-sex relationships and people with non-conforming gender identities, in spite of legal penalties and social hostility.
Church and state were intimately connected at this period: many areas of life were under the control of the Established Church, even for those who were nonconformists or unbelievers.
Clorinda, though of humble origins herself, moved among the social elite, and seems to have had a firm grasp on the conventions, confusing and bewildering as these may seem.