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“Volebam tamen ut nomen michi esset Dyonisius” – Fra Salimbene, Wine and Well-Being

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This chapter analyses Salimbene de Adam's writings on wine and drinking against the common thirteenth-century attitudes on alcohol and its dangers to physical and mental well-being and the soul. In modern society one is continuously exposed to information concerning the dangers of drinking and alcoholism. In fact, is it possible that wine drinking could have been perceived not only as a threat to mental health but also as a means of keeping one's sanity and serenity? The chapter looks at the norms that regulated the Franciscan way of life. How was wine and drinking perceived by the Franciscan Order? The chapter deals with Salimbene's impartial comments on wine and vineyards, that is, comments typical of any medieval chronicle. It discusses the passages where Salimbene demonstrates the extent of his expertise on wine, and talks about the moral issues connected with drinking.

Keywords: alcoholism; Franciscan; Salimbene de Adam; serenity; wine



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