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The Culture of Food in England 1200–1500$
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C. M. Woolgar

Print publication date: 2016

Print ISBN-13: 9780300181913

Published to Yale Scholarship Online: September 2016

DOI: 10.12987/yale/9780300181913.001.0001

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The Culture of Drink and Drinking

The Culture of Drink and Drinking

(p.42) Chapter Three The Culture of Drink and Drinking
The Culture of Food in England 1200–1500

C. M. Woolgar

Yale University Press

This chapter examines the importance of drinks and drinking to late medieval society. Preparing beverages was both a domestic routine and a major industry — one that touched almost all households, even if they did not prepare drinks for resale. Drink was a key element in conviviality, as well as in ritual. There are also many references to cups that were special — and the drink that went in them was clearly distinctive as well. Indeed, drink was one of the areas where contemporaries expected to find the greatest variation in products and flavourings, resulting from brewing and distillation practices, given the multitude of producers and the connotations drink and drinking have.

Keywords:   drinks, drinking, medieval society, beverages, distillation practices, brewing

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