‘Your Servant Sir what news from Tripoli?!’: A Coffeehouse Tour in London

I jumped at the opportunity to go on a tour dedicated to London’s seventeenth and eighteenth century coffeehouses. Dr. Matthew Green was once again at the helm of this tour, a fun, two hour, caffeine-fest in central London.

Things to See in London: Georgians Revealed – Life, Style and the Making of Modern Britain

The Georgians Revealed exhibit currently running at the British Library until March.

Georgian Christmas: An Eighteenth Century Celebration

During the Georgian period (1714-1820), it was often incorrectly assumed that Christmas wasn’t celebrated with as much gusto as during the Victorian era. Although traditions, foods and celebrations differed, Christmas was actively commemorated during this period.

Brewers' tales: making, retailing and regulating beer in Southampton, 1550-1700

Brewers’ tales: making, retailing and regulating beer in Southampton, 1550-1700 James R. Brown Journal of the Brewery History Society, No.135 (2010) Abstract For some years now early modernists have been in their cups. With a wave of recent studies about public drinking spaces and cultures, we now have a fuller sense of the very large […]

Women, ale and company in early modern London

Women, ale and company in early modern London Tim Reinke-Williams Journal of the Brewery History Society, No.135 (2010) Abstract This article explores attitudes to female ale- and beer-drinkers and the nature of social interactions between women and men in public houses from the late sixteenth to the early eighteenth century. Beginning with an overview of […]

Promoting the Pint: Ale and Advertising in late Victorian and Edwardian England

Nineteenth-century brewers displayed more creativity when it came to advertising their wares than they have been given credit for by the trade’s historians.

An Introduction to the Coffee-house: a discursive model

The distinctive features of coffee-house sociability were egalitarianism, congeniality and conversation. Although there were important differences between the coffee-houses of Istanbul and London, there were also some intriguing similarities, including the manifestation of this distinctive sociability.

Vinum Britannicum: The “Drink Question” in Early Modern England

This article highlights the influence of English medical writing on the work of Benjamin Rush, concluding that Rush is best considered as a conduit for ideas already circulating in England rather than as the source of a novel approach to alcohol.

'Man is a dining animal': the archaeology of the English at table, c.1750-1900

This thesis covers the material culture of food and dining c.1750-1900. At first view this is a long period to attempt to cover within the remit of a doctoral thesis, which might reasonably be expected to concentrate on one specific aspect of the dining experience or a single case study within the period, or to consider a few decades only. The length of the period to be considered has been dictated by the wish to study and explain large-scale changes in dining in England in the late eighteenth and nineteenth century.

From courtly curiosity to revolutionary refreshment: Turkish coffee and English politics in the Seventeenth Century

Why was coffee so fashionable yet so divisive a political symbol during the latter half of the seventeenth century?

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