This book examines the effects of alcohol on gender relations in traditional Europe, focussing on England,France, and Italy in the late medieval and early modern periods, roughly 1300 to 1700. While alcohol causesphysiological changes that are scientifically verifiable, the work of anthropologists reveals that much of whatpasses for drinking behavior and drunken comportment varies from one society to the next. In traditional Europe,as in modern Western societies, drinking led to increased sexual activity for both men and women, and it inclinedmen to commit acts of violence. Despite male fears of female sexuality and despite patriarchal restraints, womenstill consumed alcoholic beverages, sometimes in gargantuan amounts. This widespread consumption of wine, ale, orbeer illustrates the importance of alcohol in traditional Europe. Alcohol was the ubiquitous social lubricant,and alcoholic beverages formed an important part of most people's diets.
Title:Alcohol, Sex and Gender in Late Medieval and Early Modern Europe