Vicars on the liquor

In the 16th to the 18th centuries, a growing number of clerics found themselves up in court for drunkenness. James Brown, Tim Wales and Phil Withington, who have been working on a research project on early modern intoxicants, explain why so many clergymen couldn't resist the temptations of the bottle....

Terracotta vicar and Moses, c1770, in the Victoria And Albert Museum, London. (Photo by DeAgostini/Getty Images)

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