By Beat Kümin,B. Ann Tlusty

the topic of drink bought loads of awareness from early smooth Europeans. Preachers, physicians, gurus, artists and visitors all addressed it from quite a number diversified views. whilst, hotels, taverns and alehouses served as multifunctional centres in cities and villages all through Europe. this mix ended in a wealth of resources, either institutional and cultural, that are merely now starting to be explored. This anthology good points new learn on public homes in England, Russia and the German lands. In a sequence of normal, thematic and neighborhood reports, participants interact with broader debates in early sleek historical past, laying off gentle on such key matters as intake, commute and communique, kingdom construction, confessional identification, monetary perform, gender and loved ones kinfolk, and using public areas. the result's a quantity that are meant to attract anyone with an curiosity in early glossy cultural history.

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