[Sca-cooks] *Sigh* That tomato thing - again

Chass Brown chass at allegiance.tv
Mon Oct 2 12:50:49 PDT 2006

Potatoes now that’s one I hear a lot lol (and yes Bear I know you do as
well since we are in the same area). Frankly I have not heard the
tomatoes issue except here on this list.

Chass Brown A.K.A.
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[mailto:sca-cooks-bounces at lists.ansteorra.org] On Behalf Of Terry Decker
Sent: Monday, October 02, 2006 2:42 PM
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Subject: Re: [Sca-cooks] *Sigh* That tomato thing - again

The problem is not the inclusion of the tomato, but the selective use of

facts.  In terms of historic intrepretation, there is a big difference 
between "tomatoes were eaten in Europe in the 16th Century" and
were grown and appear to have been eaten, at least occasionally, in
and Italy."  Without modification, the first statement is open to
misinterpretation.  In addition, people who do not have a grasp of the
are likely to spread misinformation, while those who are knowledgeable
likely to question everything else the source says.  I still question
far I can trust the accuracy of an individual who threw an off-hand but 
incorrect remark about potatoes into a paper on furnishings.

When historical fact is claimed, one has an obligation to veracity and 
accuracy.  In a demo, where we are meeting the educational goals of the
we should strive to be correct and transparent in our facts and 

BTW, I don't use "authenticity" in relation to the SCA as everything is 
"authentic" something (I don't necessarily know what).  I choose to use 
gradiations of the terms "historically accurate" and "historically 
inaccurate" in relation to known facts.


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