Network co-ordinator Mark Hailwood’s first book has just been published by Boydell and Brewer, charting the history of the English pub in what he argues was both its ‘golden age’ and most important formative years, the period 1550-1700. It covers a wide range of issues from developments in the regulation of alehouses to the role of drinking in the formation of gender roles and communities, and should interest anyone interested in the history of drinking. It is available here.
The network is delighted to announce the first publication to emerge under its banner: a special peer-review edition of the journal Brewery History (Issue 150), subtitled: ‘Developments in the Brewing, Retail and Consumption of Alcohol in Early Modern England’. The edition showcases the work of four early career scholars, each network members, working in the field of early modern drinking studies. Kristen Burton explores the introduction of hops and commercial brewing to England in this period; Matthew Jackson offers a fresh interpretation of the role of the female publican in France and England; Jasmine Kilburn-Toppin reconstructs the spatial and material culture of guild feasts; and Mark Hailwood examines seventeenth-century understandings of the effects of alcohol. The edition is edited by network coordinators Mark Hailwood and Deborah Toner, and is free to access here. ** An earlier special edition of Brewery History on ‘Brewing Cultures in Early Modern Towns’, edited by the network’s Beat Kümin, is also free to access here.**