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Wednesday, October 06, 2004


Slate's furious debunking of Medieval Times's representation of the Middle Ages is atrociously ignorant. Particularly here:
Myth No. 7: Medieval people ate food they couldn't possibly have eaten.
A tomato might seem medieval when used as the foundation for the Excalibur's 'dragon's blood soup' (not to be confused with Medieval Times' 'dragon tail soup'), but medieval people simply could not have eaten food that wasn't present in their world. Tomatoes didn't make it to Europe until Spanish conquistadors brought them back from South America in the 1500s. The same goes for potatoes (dragon's eggs). Similarly, the Excalibur's roast Cornish game hen is a recent chicken breed that was popularized by a 1960s poultry mogul.
Slate, dude, we know. That's why it's called dragon tail or dragon egg soup. Obviously there were no tomatoes or potatoes in Europe at the time. But there were dragons. They were so common and so big that they were ideal for soup. No Dragons exist today. But these are fairly good representations of what soup made from Dragons would have looked like at the time.