Ale, Beer, and Brewsters in England: Women's Work in a Changing World, 1300-1600 / Edition 1 by Judith M. Bennett | 9780195126501 | Paperback | Barnes & Noble
Ale, Beer, and Brewsters in England: Women's Work in a Changing World, 1300-1600 / Edition 1

Ale, Beer, and Brewsters in England: Women's Work in a Changing World, 1300-1600 / Edition 1

by Judith M. Bennett
     
 

ISBN-10: 0195126505

ISBN-13: 9780195126501

Pub. Date: 01/28/1996

Publisher: Oxford University Press, USA

Women brewed and sold most of the ale consumed in medieval England, but after 1350, men slowly took over the trade. By 1600, most brewers in London were male, and men also dominated the trade in many towns and villages. This book asks how, when, and why brewing ceased to be women's work and instead became a job for men. Employing a wide variety of sources and

Overview

Women brewed and sold most of the ale consumed in medieval England, but after 1350, men slowly took over the trade. By 1600, most brewers in London were male, and men also dominated the trade in many towns and villages. This book asks how, when, and why brewing ceased to be women's work and instead became a job for men. Employing a wide variety of sources and methods, Bennett vividly describes how brewsters (that is, female brewers) gradually left the trade. She also offers a compelling account of the endurance of patriarchy during this time of dramatic change.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780195126501
Publisher:
Oxford University Press, USA
Publication date:
01/28/1996
Edition description:
New Edition
Pages:
280
Product dimensions:
9.10(w) x 6.00(h) x 0.70(d)

Table of Contents

List of Abbreviationsxiii
A Brief Note on Conventions and Termsxv
1Brewsters3
2When Women Brewed14
3New Markets, Lost Opportunities: Singlewomen and Widows as Harbingers of Change37
4Working Together: Wives and Husbands in the Brewers' Gild of London60
5New Beer, Old Ale: Why Was Female to Male as Ale Was to Beer?77
6Gender Rules: Women and the Regulation of Brewing98
7These Things Must Be if We Sell Ale: Alewives in English Culture and Society122
8Women's Work in a Changing World145
AppendixInterpreting Presentments under the Assize of Ale158
Notes187
Bibliography237
Index251

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