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Alcohol, Sex and Gender in Late Medieval and Early Modern Europe (Early Modern History: Society and Culture)
This book examines the effects of alcohol on gender relations in traditional Europe, focusing on England, France, and Italy in the late medieval and early modern periods, roughly 1300 to 1700. While alcohol causes physiological changes that are scientifically verifiable, the work of anthropologists reveals that much of what passes for drinking behavior and drunken comportm...more
Hardcover, 212 pages
Published March 21st 2001 by Palgrave Macmillan
(first published January 19th 2001)
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Nov 04, 2013 Siria rated it 3 of 5 stars · review of another edition
Unsurprisingly, given the title, this is a study of attitudes towards drinking in western Europe (primarily focusing on England, France, and Italy) between roughly 1300 and 1700. Martin argues that people's attitudes towards drinking and drunkenness were socially constructed rather than merely physiological. Martin relies exclusively on previously printed sources, with no additional archival research; while the breadth of his reading is impressive, the fact that he never settles down to focus on ...more