Water of Life: A History of Wine-Distilling and Spirits; 500 BC to AD 2000

Water of Life: A History of Wine-Distilling and Spirits; 500 BC to AD 2000
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Властелин колец. Часть 1. Братство Кольца, Властелин колец. Часть 2. Две крепости, Властелин конец. Часть 3. Возвращение короля, Самальмарилион


This important book looks at the entire history of distilling in the Middle East and Europe from the earliest experiments by the Pythagorean alchemists of Ptolomaic Egypt in the fourth century BC to the commerical production of spirits to drink in the British Isles to the year 2000. Ms.Wilson has explored byways of early history that have been little noticed by previous scholars. She links the art of distilling to alchemical practice; to the Dionysian cults of ancient Greece and Rome; to the development of the art by the Gnostic mystic Christian sects (who greatly influenced the Coptic church in lower Egypt and Ethiopia); to the research of the Persians and Arabs; to the preservation of the art by various heretic cults in western Europe, such as the Bogomils and Cathars and, of course, the Templars; into more mainstream development by the medieval and Renaissance alchemists; before comparative relaxation into the domestic history of distilling in England for the manufacture of...

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