Alcohol, Sex, and Gender in Late Medieval and Early Modern Europe

  • A. Lynn Martin

Part of the Early Modern History: Society and Culture book series (EMH)

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
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  10. Back Matter
    Pages 141-200

About this book


This book examines drinking and attitudes to alcohol consumption in late medieval and early modern England, France, and Italy, especially as they related to sexual and violent behavior and to gender relations. According to widespread beliefs, the consumption of alcohol led to increased sexual activity among both men and women, and it also led to disorderly conduct among women and violent conduct among men. Dr Lynn shows how alcohol was a fundamental part of the diets of most people, including women, resulting in daily drinking of large amounts of ale, beer, or wine. This study offers an intimate insight into both the altered states induced by alcohol, and, by opposition, into normal relations in family, community, and society.


alcohol community England Europe France gender Sex

Authors and affiliations

  • A. Lynn Martin
    • 1
  1. 1.University of AdelaideAustralia

Bibliographic information

  • DOI
  • Copyright Information Palgrave Macmillan, a division of Macmillan Publishers Limited 2001
  • Publisher Name Palgrave Macmillan, London
  • eBook Packages Palgrave History Collection
  • Print ISBN 978-1-349-42503-7
  • Online ISBN 978-1-4039-1393-7
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