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Rod Phillips

Print publication date: 2014

Print ISBN-13: 9781469617602

Published to North Carolina Scholarship Online: January 2015

DOI: 10.5149/northcarolina/9781469617602.001.0001

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Early Modern Europe 1500–1700

Early Modern Europe 1500–1700

Alcohol, Religion, and Culture

(p.87) 5 Early Modern Europe 1500–1700

Rod Phillips

University of North Carolina Press

This chapter considers the history of alcohol during the early modern period, from 1500 to 1700. It covers the Protestant Reformation, which had important consequences for the history of alcohol in Europe; alcohol consumption rates; the popularity of Spanish wine; the origins of sparkling wine and port; increased attention to the aesthetic variations and therapeutic qualities of wine; the growth of public drinking places; and the relationship of public houses to crime.

Keywords:   alcohol consumption, early modern period, European history, distilled spirits, Protestant Reformation, public houses, wine, port

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