Not drunk is he who from the floor – Can rise alone and still drink more; But drunk is They, who prostrate lies, Without the power to drink or rise… Thomas Love Peacock


  King James I of England and VI of Scotland attributed to Rowland Lockey, after  Arnold Bronckorst

Drinking for England: the great English drinkers and their times London: JR, 2008 Fergus Linnane Alcoholics  England  History; Drinking of alcoholic beverages  England  History Hardcover. 1st. ed. and printing. 248 p.: ill.; 24 cm. Clean, tight and strong binding with clean dust jacket. No highlighting, underlining or marginalia in text. VG/VG

 King George IV by Richard Cosway

This meticulously researched and compelling account tours the ale houses, inns, bars, taverns, and palaces of England to tell the extraordinary story of the English addiction to the bottle through the lives – and often wild times – of individuals who frequented them.

 'The giant factotem amusing himself' by James Gillray, published by  Hannah Humphrey
At a masquerade party given by James I for the King of Denmark, for instance, a noblewoman playing the Queen of Sheba collapsed at the royal guest’s feet; George IV passed out while dancing at a party and vomited on the floor; William Pitt the Younger was once sick behind the Speaker’s chair in the House of Commons; and Francis Bacon‘s hangovers were considered a stimulus to his work. Filled with ribaldry and mirth, this is an intriguing and original look into the history of the nation’s favorite pastime.

 Francis Bacon, Viscount St Alban by Elkington & Co, cast by  Domenico Brucciani, after  Unknown artist

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