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Alès

(älĕs`), formerly

Alais

(älā`, älĕs`), city (1990 pop. 42,296), Gard dept., S France, in Languedoc, at the foot of the Cévennes Mts., on the Gardon River. Once noted for cloth and silk, its industries now focus on making machinery, electrical equipment, and hosiery. Base metals and silver are mined nearby. In the 16th cent. Alais was one of the principal centers of French Protestantism (see HuguenotsHuguenots
, French Protestants, followers of John Calvin. The term is derived from the German Eidgenossen, meaning sworn companions or confederates. Origins

Prior to Calvin's publication in 1536 of his Institutes of the Christian Religion,
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). The Peace of Alais, signed there (1629), stripped the Huguenots of their political power. Several buildings date from the 17th cent.
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Then one who held a horn of ale in his hand said, "Ho
And another cried, "He will be taking ale with his milk next.
Now, well would it have been for him who had first spoken had he left Robin Hood alone; but his anger was hot, both because the youth had gotten the better of him and because of the deep draughts of ale that he had been quaffing.
It was well for Robin Hood that that same forester's head was spinning with ale, or else he would never have taken another step.
Mayhap he will sing it when the ale has warmed him.
But your chapman or your bearward will swear that there is a lime in the wine, and water in the ale, and fling off at the last with a curse instead of a blessing.
The peasant in the sheepskins, who had sat glum and silent all evening, had been so heated by his flagon of ale that he was talking loudly and angrily with clenched hands and flashing eyes.
Poyser, who saw his draught of ale unpleasantly deferred.
Bede, I'm sorry you've to wait so long for your ale, but it's coming in a minute.
Hetty went upstairs again, and the arrival of the ale made an agreeable diversion; for Adam had to give his opinion of the new tap, which could not be otherwise than complimentary to Mrs.
I thought,' continued he, 'I'd just look in upon you as I passed, and taste your home-brewed ale.
Oswald, broach the oldest wine-cask; place the best mead, the mightiest ale, the richest morat, the most sparkling cider, the most odoriferous pigments, upon the board; fill the largest horns* Templars and Abbots