> As far as the turkey is concerned, you can always pretend it's a
> goose :-)
Or peacock. The word for both in Spanish (in which it appears in some
recipes), 'pavo', is the same for turkey and peacock/peahen. Modernly this
distinction is made by calling the peacock "royal" (pavo real) as opposed to
plain "pavo" which is turkey.
I guess they looked similar enough that the same word was "inherited", much
like it happened with the word "pumpkin", as Christina wrote. Amusing, huh?
:) Of course, actual turkey could have been served in the 16th c. - just
that it wasn't a normal thing, as far as I'm aware.
But I personally find it silly for people to criticize late-periodness when
it's both clearly part of the game and, even worse, there's much, much worse
out there... like all those 20-21st century things that look medieval to
some, but just aren't like anything actually used in medieval times.
Incidentally I do 1470s, but I'm seriously toying with the idea of doing
1590s French or Venetian to go with some dances we're doing lately. If
anyone does go that late, I'd love to now you're out there. :)
Leonor / Marianne
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