Skip to comments.New Research Reveals Binge Drinking Initiated by Religious Anglicans in 1660s
Posted on 07/20/2004 6:46:59 PM PDT by ckilmer
New Research Reveals Binge Drinking Initiated by Religious Anglicans in 1660s Date :20/07/2004 Type : Press Release
Drinking Woodcut As David Blunkett claims a rise in binge drinking is helping to breed a culture of thuggery and intimidation new research from the University of Warwick reveals that rather than originating the 1960s binge drinking was rife in the 1660s. Whats more, it was religious Anglicans, demonstrating their loyalty to the Crown in the Civil War that initiated heavy drinking.
From early on the British developed a culture where drunkenness is a rite of passage, especially for the young as they work out their allegiances.
The paper Roaring Royalists and Ranting Brewers by historian Angela McShane-Jones examines 17th century broadside ballads, the equivalent of todays pop music, pamphlets and court records, to reveal that drink and drunkenness went hand in hand with political allegiance as drink and song became linked with politics. The widespread ritual consumption of wine, or health drinking, developed as an expression of loyalty to King and Church. This was a practice of Cavaliers, Tories and Jacobites.
Although new crime figures released this week show a rise in 'violence against the person' and the number of people drinking over the 'safe limit' is rising, McShane-Jones also reveals that anti-social behaviour resulting from alcohol consumption is far from new.
17th century court records reveal a string of drink induced anti-social behaviour. The archives record a case of several Royalists drinking to the Kings health in their own blood at a Bedfordshire alehouse. The game where royalists cut off their rumps and drank their blood instead of wine went horribly wrong when an inebriated drinker was overzealous in slicing his body. Cases of violent death though drinking are also recorded, including a case where a man was stabbed to death following a fight as a sailor drank to the health of Charles II.
In the 1670s political differences evolved into an opposition between drinking Tories (who claimed to be merry and loyal), and sober Whigs. Drinking in company became an important part of the Royalist political culture.
Whigs and Tories attacked each other through ballads in terms of their consumption of drink. The drunken behaviour of the Cavaliers was now hurled at the Tories. Tories then imposed a double-whammy on the Whigs. Continuing the image of drinking and loyalty, Tories made a virtue of their revelling. They claimed a major difference between their merry, loyal revelry and the miserable, seditious sobriety of the Whigs.
What a Whig needed, Tory ballads argued, was a good few pints (of wine) poured down him and the immediate improvement in his spirits would soon convince him to be loyal too. The Courtiers Health suggested, He that denies the brimmer/ well drown him in canary and make him all our own./And when his heart is merry/ hel drink to Charles ins throne.
Angela McShane-Jones, from the University of Warwick, said: Binge drinking is far from a modern problem. Saint Monday was a phrase indicating the inability of people to work on a Monday because of the way they had entertained themselves after church the day before.
By modern expectations, early modern consumption of alcohol was strikingly high. Account books of a Berkshire farmer, Robert Loder, between 1611 and 1618 indicate on average between 6 and 8 pints of beer were consumed per person, each day.
Not all late 17th century alcohol consumption was loyal health drinking, and hangovers plagued tipplers. In his diaries Samuel Pepys records days of heavy, but not atypical, drinking. Pepys notes in detail the ailments he suffered after drinking: I could not sleep being overheated with drink [and] quite out of order; my brains somewhat troubled with so much wine; About the middle of the night I was very ill, I think with eating and drinking too much and vomited in the bason.
Merry drinking was acceptable, but drunkeness was frowned on. When Pepys realised he was developing a reputation as a heavy drinker, he was much troubled.
For more information contact: Angela McShane-Jones, History Department, University of Warwick, Tel: 02476 574691, Mobile: 07748653734 or Jenny Murray, Communications Office, University of Warwick, Tel: 02476 574 255, Mobile: 07876217740
Further Information Roaring Royalists and Ranting Brewers is in A Pleasing Sinne, 2004, published by Boydell & Brewer Ltd
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And they pay these ivory tower geniuses? Good grief, binge drinking has been around since the first man created the first alcoholic beverage. As for binge drinking in England goes, I'm sure that if these noted and hard working "scholars" did a little bit more work, they might find that the Normans, the Angles and Saxons, the Britons, the Celts, the Picts and every other tribe and nation that has used the island as their doormat has a history of binge drinking. Sheesh....
Romans never drank to excess. </ sarc>
"Back to the vomitorium Lads...we've wine to drink, wenches to fondle and plotting to do!"
PLEASE do not tell me that this "research" was funded by a state or federal grant - please!!!
Nope. It was the Anglicans that started it all.
... The men went to Catraeth, loquacious was their host;
Fresh mead was their feast, and also their poison.
The men marched with speed, together they bounded onward;
Short-lived were theyhaving become drunk over the clarified mead.
The retinue of Mynyddawg, renowned in a trial,
Their life was the price of their banquet of mead;
By reason of mead free drunk, a multitude went over the boundary.
In the action at the goal, for the preservation of law.
Cynan, the energetic chief from Mona, acted justly as regards the higher orders.
Tudvwlch and Cyvwlch made breaches in the heights of Caers;
With Mynyddawg disastrous did their wassails prove.
A year of longing for the men of Catraeth is cherished by me;
Their steel blades, their mead, their vehemence, and their fetters.
They assemble in arms, the ranks are formed; do I not hear the tumult?
AND SO IT ENDETH.
It's Jesus' fault! He turned water into wine!!
Why did they write this?
Remember the words of Antonio Gramsci:
(this is a simple outline of Gramsci's methods)
...E. Both Capitalism and Judaeo-Christian culture must be destroyed before a Communist revolution can succeed
......1. Religious sentiment cannot be destroyed through legislation, as Lenin believed, but must be redirected from the divine to the state
.........a. Terror will only drive Religion underground
.........b. Religion will then reemerge when Leninism fails
.........c. So Religion must be destroyed in the minds of men
Another evidence of the deceitfulness and stupidity of the hyper-religious George W. Bush.
ping to post Number 10.
another 'things that make you go hmm...' ping.