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

by Judith M. Bennett
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November 7, 1996 0195073908 978-0195073904
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.

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"This is a valuable work, not only because of its conclusions, but because of its tackling of the thorny problem of 'historicizing patriarchy.' Highly recommended."--Choice

"This lean, powerfully argued book merits attention both for its central theme and for its many insights into the development of brewing and the lives of those involved in the trade."--American Historical Review

About the Author

Judith M. Bennett is Professor of History at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. She has published extensively on the history of women, particularly women in the middle ages. Her books include Women in the Medieval English Countryside (Oxford, 1987) and Sisters and Workers in the Middle Ages (co-editor, 1989).

Product Details

  • Hardcover: 280 pages
  • Publisher: Oxford University Press, USA (November 7, 1996)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0195073908
  • ISBN-13: 978-0195073904
  • Product Dimensions: 9.6 x 6.3 x 0.9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.4 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 3.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,848,934 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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5.0 out of 5 stars Chock full of information June 30, 2001
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I've been researching beer & brewing and this book was a great look at the time when the business changed from a largely female run, household-based, business, to a guild-organized, male-dominated business. I had no idea how the Black Death contributed to this change. A fascinating book!
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4.0 out of 5 stars Beer and skittles! November 22, 2008
This book answered all the questions I asked of it. As part of my on-going research into the lives of women in England in this period it was excellent.
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2.0 out of 5 stars Far too pedantic. February 22, 2013
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Ms. Bennett had a fascinating subject and managed to make it hard work to get through - and a quarter of the book is devoted to footnotes, bibliography, etc., etc.! I'm sleepy just thinking about this book that I had high hopes for.
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