Lady Maria wrote:
> . . .If one more person says forks are out of period I'm gonna
> explode. They are NOT out of period!!!!!
"Out of period" (like "period") is meaningful only if presented in
context. Forks are out of period for 10th century Ireland. They're
out of period for 12th century Spain. They're out of period for 14th
century Germany. They're out of period for 16th century England.
They're out of period virtually anywhere in Europe, any time in the
pre-17th century Middle Ages and Renaissance.
> Look at the artifacts that came out of Pompeii. They had forks.
If you're right, that makes some form of fork period for those whose
personae are from first-century Campania. I'd have to see your sources
to be convinced they were used to insert food directly into diners'
mouths, of course. (That's not how the first forks to make their way
into Europe from the east were used
Table_Forks_of_the_Medieval&Renaissance.htm>.) And we'd have to look
at photos or dig reports to see how they were shaped and how big they
were. I'm betting it wasn't much like anything at your local discount
Billy and Charlie sell a couple of reproductions of 15th-century forks
>. If your persona is part of
the small minority for whom forks are appropriate, it's likely the
forks (s)he would've used would have resembled those.
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