Gin The Much Lamented Death of Madam Geneva

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An excellent reference on one of my favorite subtle poisons

SUBTITLE: The Much Lamented Death of Madam Geneva
AUTHOR: Patrick Dillon
PUBLISHER: Justin, Charles & Co., 354 Pages
TYPE: Reference
COST: $27.95 US
REVIEWED BY: Chris Carlsson,


A entertaining book on early gin history in England, and its social and economic impact on English society in the beginings of the industrial age.

This book traces Dutch Genever, known as “Madame Geneva” which was brought back by the British troops who discovered it in Holland, through its heyday in the 18th century in England and to some degree beyond. While not as exhaustive on some points as Craze, and not making as many modern day parallels, it is an entertaining and informative read. It is a excellent reference on the spirit for the gin-crazed scholars of drink.

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