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The distillation of spirits (Brandy) is said to have arrived in Europe during the 9th century through contact with Arabian physicians. The rectification (repeated distillation) practiced in the 13th century formed the basis for the manufacture of potable spirits, the consumption of which increased during the 15th century. Distillation as an ancillary trade to agriculture is attested from the late 16th century, first in France. It appeared in England in the second half of the 17th century, and in Ireland and Germany during the 18th [1. 410]; [3. 4 ff., 27 ff.]. However, it has r…

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Konersmann, Frank, “Distillery”, in: Encyclopedia of Early Modern History Online, Editors of the English edition: Graeme Dunphy, Andrew Gow. Original German Edition: Enzyklopädie der Neuzeit. Im Auftrag des Kulturwissenschaftlichen Instituts (Essen) und in Verbindung mit den Fachherausgebern herausgegeben von Friedrich Jaeger. Copyright © J.B. Metzlersche Verlagsbuchhandlung und Carl Ernst Poeschel Verlag GmbH 2005–2012. Consulted online on 05 December 2023 <http://dx.doi.org/10.1163/2352-0272_emho_SIM_017776>
First published online: 2015
First print edition: 20170626

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