In 1618, James VI and I issued a ‘Book of Sports’ to counter the Puritans of Lancashire.
Drinking ‘Church Ales’ was one of the pleasures permitted on Sundays.
Church drinks promotion on Sundays had begun….
(Ref: The King’s Book of Sports. A history of the declarations of of King James I, and King Charles I, as to the use of lawful sports on Sundays. LA Govett, MA, New College, Oxford 1890)
Also, a couple of interesting notes on Star Trek:
1. “Most of human history and art can be expressed in Star Trek plots.” (Stephen Fry)
2. Stephen Fry’s dissertation in his final year at Cambridge was titled Apollonian And Dionysian Themes In The Plots Of Star Trek.
(Dionysus – the Greek equivalent of Bacchus – the Roman God of Wine).
3. Star Trek’s creator, Gene Rodenberry, said that he modelled it on Jonathan Swift’s Gulliver’s Travels, with each episode combining an adventure with a morality tale.
The Authorised King James Version of the Bible
The King James Version (KJV) is an English translation of the Christian Bible for the Church of England, commissioned in 1604 and completed as well as published in 1611 under the sponsorship of James VI and I. The books of the King James Version include the 39 books of the Old Testament, an intertestamental section containing 14 books of the Apocrypha, and the 27 books of the New Testament. Noted for its “majesty of style”, the King James Version has been described as one of the most important books in English culture and a driving force in the shaping of the English-speaking world.