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From the Editor - January 2010

Paul Lay introduces the highlights of the January 2010 issue of History Today

Britons have long had a reputation for heavy drinking. St Boniface,writing in the eighth century, told
of how drunkenness was ‘an evil peculiar to pagans and to our race. Neither the Franks, nor the
Gauls, nor the Lombards, nor the Romans, nor the Greeks do it.’ They still don’t, as any visitor to
Milan, or Paris, where a small glass of wine is likely to last all evening, will observe. Britons still do,
as anyone walking through a British city centre on a weekend night will see. But they have not
always done so, as James Nicholls explains in this month’s cover feature

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