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Coffee and Sedition - coffeehouses in the 17th century

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17th century coffee houses

When coffee was introduced in early modern England, it was accompanied by the rise of a social place dedicated to its consumption: the coffeehouse. 

Coffeehouses grew in importance in the 17th century as places of exchange and discussion amongst people of all ranks. These discussions were often seen as dangerous and seditious. In London, they flourished. In Sunderland, we know of one coffee house being licensed in the 1680’s.

Dr Delphine Doucet will explore coffeehouses in the 17th century.

The audience will be encouraged to reflect upon the differences between modern coffeehouses and their first embodiment in England.