[Sca-cooks] [Sca-Cooks] Wikipedia article on Medieval Cuisine

Breila Lyman lady_breila at yahoo.com
Wed Aug 1 05:25:34 PDT 2007

Yep, that's about right... eras are very fluid and really depend on the historian labeling them and the reason they need to be labeled.  Happens on the other end, too, with Late Medieval and Early Modern.  Just as long as you don't insist on using "Dark Ages".... scholars get really tetchy about that one!  The whole Feudal model used to define Medieval is also up for grabs... but that's another discusssion for another mailing list.
  In the meantime, as I am a novice cook, I'll sit back and enjoy the discussion about oil going "kaboom"...  :-)

Terry Decker <t.d.decker at worldnet.att.net> wrote:
  As I understand the chronologic terminology, there is an overlap between 
Late Antiquity (300-600 CE) and Early Middle Ages (500-900 CE), the two 
terms being used to describe the continuation of classic ideas and society 
and the disruption of classic ideas and society respectively (dates 
dependent on source). Either term could be applied to the period from 476 
CE to 751 CE, depending upon where and what is being considered. (Two 
schools of historic thought, perchance?)

The High Middle Ages, IIRC, is usually measured from roughly the end of the 
Carolingians to the Fall of Acre and the end of Outremer.

Of course, the definition of each of these terms depends on which scholar 
you are dealing with at the moment.


> Most scholars refer to that period as Late Antiquity, with the early 
> Middle Ages being roughly corresponding to the rise of the Carolingians.
> Best regards,
> Breila
> Terry Decker wrote:
> In the minds of the scholars who choose to use Early Middle Ages to 
> describe
> the period between the fall of the Western Empire and the rise of the
> Carolingians, rather than refer to the period as the Dark Ages.
> Bear
> ----- Original Message ----- 
> Where was it the Middle Ages already in the fifth?
> Giano

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