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By Juliet Barker

Waged nearly six centuries in the past, the conflict of Agincourt nonetheless captivates. it's the vintage underdog tale, and generations have puzzled how the English--outmanned via the French six to one--could have succeeded so bravely and brilliantly. Drawing on a variety of resources, Juliet Barker paints a gripping narrative of the October 1415 conflict among the outnumbered English archers and the seriously armored French knights. Populated with chivalrous heroes, dastardly spies, and a ferocious and impressive king, AGINCOURT is as earthshaking as its subject--and confirms Juliet Barker's prestige as either a historian and a storyteller of the 1st rank.

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Straws of various sizes without ‘knees’ (meaning without ‘joints’) through which the beer was sucked; this was presumably necessary because of residue (such as chaff) floating on top of the beverage. Finally, Xenophon is willing to concede that this beverage can be ‘very good’ once one is used to it. This is unique testimony; while many ancient Greek and Roman writers are willing to vilify beer as ‘barbaric’ without even trying it (as we will see in the following two chapters), Xenophon spoke of the product in a remarkably even-handed manner.

By giving her medicine in the type of cup she would normally drink her beer. 14 Our evidence then tends to suggest that a prejudice against beer, particularly against its power to weaken and make effeminate, was an Athenian contribution, and one particularly passed along in the medium of dramas. But why did such a prejudice arise? 32 THE GREEK PREJUDICE AGAINST BEER The causes of beer prejudice A striking aspect of Aeschylus’s attack on beer as an effeminate drink is that the Argives are spoken of as manly since they eat cereal rather than papyrus as the Egyptians did; thus, while a cereal-based beverage is thought of as effeminating, cereal itself is not, or at least cereal as eaten by the Greeks (that is, in bread or porridge form).

Manliness is thus connected with the amount one drinks; but as we have seen in the last chapter, manliness could also be connected to what one drinks. 2 Thus numerous ancient authors connected ‘barbarians’ with overindulgence and the use of a variety of intoxicants, clearly deeming their drinking habits inferior to their own. It is often thought that the Greek notion of barbarian immoderation was highly exaggerated, partly out of simple prejudice, and 39 TWO DRINKING IDEOLOGIES OF ANCIENT EUROPE partly from the common temptation, found among many societies, to focus on problem-drinking and the uncontrolled drinking behaviour of foreign peoples.

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