12th Century Drinking

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Ale or wine, depending upon country and preference.


Taverns were open fronted establishments located on the ground floor of buildings (like shops), with benches, stools and a few trestle tables, and kegs of wine or ale tapped for customers.

If a drinker could not pay for his drink, the barkeeper would take articles of clothing instead, like a pawnbroker.



Playing (gambling) dice games was a popular pastime at taverns.


A popular drinking game with the English, which probably gave them a reputation as either big drinkers or drunkards in foreign countries.

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