No maide shall drinke no wine

These snippets on the marvellous benefits of wine come from A compendious regiment or a dietary of healthe, by Andrew Boorde (1547).


All manner of wines be made of grapes. It must be fine, fayre & cleare to the eye. It muste be fragrante and redolent having a good odour and flavour in the nose. It muste sprinkle in the cup when it is drawne. It must be colde & pleasant in the mouth, and it must be stronge and subtle of substance. Moderately drunk it doth quicken a mans wittes. It doth comfort the heart, it doth scoure the liver, specially if it be white wine. It doth rejoice all the powers of man, it dothe engendre good bloode, it doth comforte and doth nurse the braine and all the body, and it resolueth flem, it engendreth heate, it doth cleanse woundes & sores.

Forthermore the better the wine is, the better humours it doth engender. And because wine is full of fumosie, it is good therefore to allay it with water. Wine high and hot of operation doth comfort olde men and women, but there is no wine good for children and maides. No maide shall drinke no wine, but still she shall drinke water unto she be married. The usual drinke for youth is fountaine water, for in every towne is a fountaine or a shallowe well, to the which all people that be young or servant hath a confluence and a recourse to drinke.

Meane wines, as wines of Gascony, and Frenche wines, are good with meate, specially claret wine. It is not good to drinke neither wine nor ale before a man dothe eate somewhat, although there be olde fantasticall sayings to the contrary. Also these hot wines [such] as malmesye, wine course [Corsican], wine Greeke, romanysk (Italian), secke (dry white Spanish) basterde (burgundy), muscadel, with other hot wines be not good to drinke with meate, but after meate, & with oysters, with salades, with fruit.

Furthermore all sweete wines doth make a man fatte.
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  • December 17, 2009 - 10:36 pm | Permalink

    ‘There is no wine good for children and maides’, very topical.

    The double negative confused me. Did he mean it or no?
    Fetch me a glass of basterde and repeat after me… I no whined I no had no wine I no know I no had…

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