[Sca-cooks] mysterious query
Phil Troy / G. Tacitus Adamantius
adamantius1 at verizon.net
Wed Jan 24 08:22:56 PST 2007
On Jan 24, 2007, at 10:56 AM, Huette von Ahrens wrote:
> So, I would say that Blackmore's use of "parliament" as the name of
> a kind of gingerbread
> cookie was very anachronistic, since 'Lorna Doone' was set two
> hundred years earlier.
Can you expand on this thought a little? I mean, there _was_ an
English Parliament in the late seventeenth century (and it was
certainly on everybody's mind during and after the English Civil
War), as well as a Scottish Parliament until 1707 (and some sources
pretty aggressively suggest a connection to Scotland for the cakes),
and hadn't England already begun the early prototypes for that whole
Triangular Trading thing (which made treacle more of a commodity), so
what, specifically, makes you consider this an anachronism?
I have no idea, myself, one way or the other, apart from the probable
and comparative lack of recipes for cakes so designated in the time
period in question. I was just curious as to your reasoning.
"S'ils n'ont pas de pain, vous fait-on dire, qu'ils mangent de la
brioche!" / "If there's no bread to be had, one has to say, let them
-- attributed to an unnamed noblewoman by Jean-Jacques Rousseau,
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