, known also as Johannes Richer
, was a 14th-century transvestite
prostitute working mainly in London
(near Cheapside), but also active in Oxford
. He was arrested in 1395 for cross-dressing and interrogated. The records have survived, the only surviving legal records from that age which mentions same-sex intercourse.
During his interrogation, Rykener claimed to have had many clients including priests, monks and nuns; he said that he preferred priests because they paid better than others. He revealed that one Franciscan friar had given him a gold ring, and that a Carmelite friar and six foreigners, "of whom one gave Rykener twelve pence, one twenty pence, and one two shillings."
- ↑ http://www.fordham.edu/halsall/source/1395rykener.html