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58151Re: paper castles

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  • xina007eu
    Jan 26, 2010
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      --- In Authentic_SCA@yahoogroups.com, Andrea Luxenburg <huwydd@...> wrote:
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      > In Sir Gawaine and the Green Knight, line 802, the castle is compared to "a castle cut of paper for a king's feast". (Boroff translation)  Was paper in England in late 14th century?  Anyone have more information on cut paper castles - it sounds like a centerpiece or decoration? 
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      > Thanks for any input.
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      > Andrea
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      Hi Andrea,

      by the 14th century, paper was already in existence. It was first made in Spain (Have you read or seen _The Name of the Rose_? The plot of the book and film hinges upon a book written on paper rather than on parchment).
      The original text of _Sir Gawain and the Grene Knight_ mentions that the castle looks like it is cut out of paper but it doesn't say anything about decoration for a king's feast (see http://rpo.library.utoronto.ca/poem/62.html for the original text and a prose translation).
      So that part seems to be an interpretation on part of the translator.

      Best regards,

      Christina
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