Re: [Authentic_SCA] Re: Porcupine quills - used in period?
- I'm sorry I don't know the answer to the quill-use question, but am
still on side business about porcupines.
-=-Porcupines are Old World, as well, Wiki says the name comes from the
Middle French porc d'épine "thorny pork".
That would be "thorny pig."
There were porcupines in Europe, too (slightly different ones).
Because I've recommended etymology, I want to expand a little bit.
"Alligator" comes from Spanish, "el lagarto" and there was a very
early period term in English, used in my first husband's name, James
Alagarto of Duckford. But it doesn't mean there were alligators in
Spain. Spanish explorers named them when they saw them (in Florida,
I think), and the English explorers picked the name up from them.
Telephone is a Greek word, but the ancient Greeks didn't have
telephones. Still, there are times when citations of use of a word
in period IS proof of the existence of the object or the concept.
Some of the oldest things we have and use are words, and though some
people don't care to sort the old words and phrases from the new
ones, it's a fun hobby (and cheap!) for those who have the interest.
AElflaed of Duckford
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>I suppose I should clarify; these aren't those humongous ones from
> I have not seen any references to these being used as scribal tools in
> Europe during the SCA time frame.
African porcupines, these are the skinny little ones that you can cut
off the ends and use as essentially very long bugle beads. With a
diameter of only about 3/64" and not a lot of tensile strength, they
aren't very useful for writing. Wish they were; at least I could do
something period with them.