Ale, Beer, and Brewsters in England Women's Work in a Changing World, 1300-1600

ISBN-10: 0195126505
ISBN-13: 9780195126501
Edition: 1999
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Description: Women brewed and sold most of the ale consumed in medieval England, but after 1350, men slowly took over the trade. By 1600, most brewers in London were male, and men also dominated the trade in many towns and villages. This book asks how, when, and  More...

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Book details

List price: $31.95
Copyright year: 1999
Publisher: Oxford University Press, Incorporated
Publication date: 4/22/1999
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 280
Size: 6.25" wide x 9.25" long x 0.75" tall
Weight: 0.836
Language: English

Women brewed and sold most of the ale consumed in medieval England, but after 1350, men slowly took over the trade. By 1600, most brewers in London were male, and men also dominated the trade in many towns and villages. This book asks how, when, and why brewing ceased to be women's work and instead became a job for men. Employing a wide variety of sources and methods, Bennett vividly describes how brewsters (that is, female brewers) gradually left the trade. She also offers a compelling account of the endurance of patriarchy during this time of dramatic change.

List of Abbreviations
A Brief Note on Conventions and Terms
Brewsters
When Women Brewed
New Markets, Lost Opportunities: Singlewomen and Widows as Harbingers of Change
Working Together: Wives and Husbands in the Brewers' Gild of London
New Beer, Old Ale: Why Was Female to Male as Ale Was to Beer?
Gender Rules: Women and the Regulation of Brewing
These Things Must Be if We Sell Ale: Alewives in English Culture and Society
Women's Work in a Changing World
Interpreting Presentments under the Assize of Ale
Notes
Bibliography
Index

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