A Pleasing Sinne - Drink and Conviviality in Seventeenth-Century England

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By discussing diverse social contexts - from the Inns of Court to rural Derbyshire - contributors ask what kinds of etiquettes and rituals governed different drinking communities in the seventeenth century. What was the significance of particular drink for particular social contexts? How exclusive were drinking communities? And what happened when outsiders breached these coteries? The role of gender in drinking and sociability in considered, including the ambiguous figure of the female drinker: was alcohol a ...

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By discussing diverse social contexts - from the Inns of Court to rural Derbyshire - contributors ask what kinds of etiquettes and rituals governed different drinking communities in the seventeenth century. What was the significance of particular drink for particular social contexts? How exclusive were drinking communities? And what happened when outsiders breached these coteries? The role of gender in drinking and sociability in considered, including the ambiguous figure of the female drinker: was alcohol a source of female empowerment or a mechanism to enforce a patriarchal culture? The influence of particular kinds of drink - claret, port, beer, ale, cider, perry - and particular kinds of drinkers in generating discourses of politics, nationalism, and xenophobia is considered; and the received views of moderation and excess are analysed: while early modern medicinal tracts championed measured drinking of wine and beer as a cure for sickness, drunkenness was consistently and dramatically aligned with physical decay, madness and sedition. The range of texts discussed is broad: popular broadside ballads and husbandry manuals; dramatic works; verse collections; manuscript miscellanies; scientific and medical tracts; and political treaties. Contributors: STELLA ACHILLEOS, KAREN BRITLAND, CEDRIC C. BROWN, TANYA CASSIDY, LOUISE HILL CURTH, ANGELA MCSHANE JONES, MARIKA KEBLUSEK, CHARLES C. LUDINGTON, CHARLOTTE MCBRIDE, MICHELLE O'CALLAGHAN, SUSAN J. OWEN, VITTORIA DI PALMA, ADAM SMYTH.

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  • ISBN-13: 9781843840091
  • Publisher: Boydell & Brewer, Limited
  • Publication date: 8/26/2004
  • Series: Studies in Renaissance Literature , #14
  • Pages: 242
  • Product dimensions: 6.40 (w) x 9.30 (h) x 0.90 (d)

Table of Contents

Introduction
1 Sons of Beer and sons of Ben : drink as a social marker in seventeenth-century England 3
2 The Anacreontea and a tradition of refined male sociability 21
3 Tavern societies, the inns of court, and the culture of conviviality in early seventeenth-century London 37
4 Wine for comfort : drinking and the royalist exile experience, 1642-1660 55
5 Roaring royalists and ranting brewers : the politicisation of drink and drunkenness in political broadside ballads from 1640 to 1689 69
6 'Be sometimes to your country true' : the politics of wine in England, 1660-1714 89
7 Circe's cup : wine and women in early modern drama 109
8 Drink, sex and power in restoration comedy 127
9 'Health, strength and happiness' : medical constructions of wine and beer in early modern England 143
10 Drinking cider in paradise : science, improvement, and the politics of fruit trees 161
11 A natural drink for an English man : national stereotyping in early modern culture 181
12 'It were far better be a Toad, or a serpant, then a drunkard' : writing about drunkenness 193
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