TIL that turkeys were not brought to Europe until 1550. The popular image of a medieval king feasting on a large turkey leg is an anachronism.

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  1. The more one tends to dig beneath the surface of pop-culture ideas about medieval times, the more you seem to find 16th- to 19th-century attempts to recapture the spirit of a bygone era, when really those things never were. It’s really interesting to me to see people even basically during the era we think about were already nostalgic for the age of chivalry.

  2. Funny that English thought Turkeys came from Turkey and other European names for turkeys incorporate an assumed Indian origin, such as dinde (‘from India’) in French, индюшка (indyushka, ‘bird of India’) in Russian, indyk in Polish and Ukrainian, and hindi (‘India’) in Turkish.

  3. There are other game birds that are still eaten today. Pheasant and Swan are associated with nobility in the UK, especially since Queen Elizabeth owns all the Swans in the country. There’s also Partridge and Grouse which are pretty common game birds.

    Additional point, any meat with a French origin name would have been eaten by English nobles, things like beef (bouef), poultry (poulet), pork (porc), mutton (mouton) and veal (veau). French was the Lingua Franca of the English courts after 1066, and the nobles would have referred to the foods they ate using French terms that eventually became incorporated into the English language.

  4. For all those saying, “It could be a goose leg,” cooked geese are generally much smaller than turkeys, due to the large amount of fat that melts off a cooked goose.

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