1st Edition

The World of the Tavern Public Houses in Early Modern Europe

By Beat Kümin, B. Ann Tlusty Copyright 2002

    The subject of drink received a great deal of attention from early modern Europeans. Preachers, physicians, authorities, artists and travellers all addressed it from a range of different perspectives. At the same time, inns, taverns and alehouses served as multifunctional centres in towns and villages throughout Europe. This combination resulted in a wealth of sources, both institutional and cultural, which are only now beginning to be explored. This anthology features new research on public houses in England, Russia and the German lands. In a series of general, thematic and regional studies, contributors engage with broader debates in early modern history, shedding light on such key issues as consumption, travel and communication, state building, confessional identity, fiscal practice, gender and household relations, and the use of public spaces. The result is a volume that should appeal to anybody with an interest in early modern cultural history.

    Contents: Preface; Introductions: The world of the tavern: an introduction, Beat Kümin and B. Ann Tlusty; Satan's servant or authorities' agent? Publicans in 18th-century Germany, Michael Frank; Public houses and their patrons in early modern Europe, Beat Kümin; Thematic approaches: English inns, taverns, alehouses and brandy shops: the legislative framework 1495-1797, Judith Hunter; Public houses, clientelism, and faith: strategies of power in early modern Toggenburg, Fabian Brändle; Taverns in Nuremberg prints at the time of the German Reformation, Alison Stewart; Inns and taverns of western Sussex, 1550-1700: a documentary and architectural investigation, Janet Pennington; The public house and military culture in Germany, 1500-1648, B. Ann Tlusty; Regional Studies: The pre-modern hospitality trade in the Central Alpine region: the example of Tyrol, Hans Heiss; Ownership of public houses by the Swiss nobility: a regional case-study, Felix Müller; Drink houses in early modern Russia, George E. Snow; The 18th-century English inn: a transient 'golden age', John Chartres; Index.


    Beat Kümin, B. Ann Tlusty

    '... this new volume, which brings together a range of articles on English and continental drinking houses from the Reformation to the start of the nineteenth century, is very welcome...' English Historical Review 'This is certainly a collection which I would recommend, and not solely to those interested in the early modern period, for [...] the comparative perspective in time is equally valuable to that in space.' Cultural and Social History '... historians, art historians, and literary scholars will find much that is useful in this fine study.' Sixteenth Century Journal