re: food and timeline cutoffs.
- Kahlen said:
"Im confused. I thought that if it was pre 1600 it was
considered period. However it is not ok to use cooking methods which are
post 1500... that leaves a hundred year gap. Or did I miss something?
If methods were begining to be used that lead to a greater cooking
renaissance in the 1600s, that doesnt make them not period. I really MUST
be missing something here, please set me straight?"
From the SCA webpage:
"What is the SCA?
The SCA is the Society for Creative Anachronism, which is a group
dedicated to researching and recreating the Middle Ages in the present.
Where did the SCA come from?
The avowed purpose of the SCA is the study and recreation of the European
Middle Ages, its crafts, sciences, arts, traditions, literature, etc. The
SCA "period" is defined to be Western civilization before 1600 AD,
concentrating on the Western European High Middle Ages.
So, for some of us, the cutoff of 1600 is merely seen as a help to remain
in the Middle Ages and avoid the Rennaisance. If this is true, one needs
to decide what is more important: the calendar date, or avoiding
techniques and materials which are part of the Rennaisance? For me,
especially for food, I try to avoid things associated with the
Rennaisance. Yes, Turkeys were brought into England VERY LATE in period
and served once or twice. So were some New World veggies. However, they
are not representative of most of the middle ages and therefore not items
with which I am willing to cook.
In fact, I try not to use the late period sources for anything for which I
do not have evidence of existing in the early 16th Century. As I
suggested earlier, everyone is entitled to their own cutoff, but mine, for
cooking, is around 1500 since that is when the cooking Rennaisance began.
Not that is was likely that those changes appeared in the area of my
persona until much later, but since the sources which survive are from
places where the cooking Rennaisance did occur... I prefer not to use
them. There are other cooks who prefer to use a hard and fast timeline
cutoff, but as I said, to each their own.
Just trying to help answer your question.
Jeffrey Heilveil M.S. Ld. Bogdan de la Brasov, C.W.
Department of Entomology A Bear's paw and base vert on field argent
University of Illinois
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> From the SCA webpage:Corpora defines the time period as "pre-17th century European Middle
> "What is the SCA?
> The SCA is the Society for Creative Anachronism, which is a group
> dedicated to researching and recreating the Middle Ages in the
> Where did the SCA come from?
> The avowed purpose of the SCA is the study and recreation of the
> European Middle Ages, its crafts, sciences, arts, traditions,
> literature, etc. The SCA "period" is defined to be Western
> civilization before 1600 AD,concentrating on the Western European
> High Middle Ages.
Ages and Renaissance."