In 361 AD the Emperor Julian described the Teutonic northern European races as 'sons of malt'. Big drinkers they all were, but none so much as the English. As this book shows, the English have in fact spent much of the last 2000 years semi-permanently drunk. The history of ale, beer and gin, to name but a few of the key culprits, alongside the history of the ale-house, tavern and pub, is indeed a major part of the social history of the nation. The full story is told here, including the (mostly unsuccessful) efforts of the Church, the Puritans, temperance crusaders and the taxman to curb the boisterous habits of the British. Rich with fascinating detail and humorous anecdotes, it is a terrific read and an ideal 'alternative' history of British society.
|Publisher:||The History Press|
|Product dimensions:||5.00(w) x 7.70(h) x 1.00(d)|