Saturday, February 02, 2008


Sometimes it is a burden to be good at history.  I have been reading a very good book the past few days, but something has been annoying me.  This book takes place in 1st Century Europe.  And believe it or not, these early Europeans somehow got ahold of corn.  They grow it, mix it in their stews... and the author talks about it as though it were perfectly normal for anyone outside of the Americas to be cultivating corn this early.  If I'm not mistaken, corn was introduced to the Old World sometime around the beginning of the 16th Century.


A perfectly good book has been tainted by my high standards.  Am I the only one who I reads historical fiction because I enjoy the snapshot of ancient life?  I even googled the name of the
book + corn just to see if I was the only one who was annoyed by this.  Apparently, I am.

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  • Ron and Ginny

    Perhaps they are using the old english word corn, which means grain of any kind. (?)

    Just a thought...

    I understand. I get annoyed at things like that, too.

  • Harmony

    You know, Ginny, I thought about that. But it doesn't seem to be that in context. She was making a stew of sorts, with several kinds of grains in it (barley, corn, wheat, etc).

    Oh well. It's not the end of the world. :)

  • CappuccinoLife

    If I knew that particular fact I would be annoyed with you. :D

  • Alan

    Well, since it is fiction, you're already giving the author permission to make stuff up.