"annis" wrote:Carla's right. Although there was an outdoor form of the game known as ground billiards played in Europe in the thirteenth/fourteenth centuries (still too early by a century or so for MOTATD), the first recorded instances of an indoor version date from the fifteenth century (the green cover is supposed to represent the grass of the outdoor version).
Diana Norman has spent a lot of time in the twelfth century (her earliest novels "Fitzempress' Law" and "King of the Last Days" are set in that period) so it's a bit surprising that she'd get it wrong.
She is getting one heck of a lot wrong but all in the small detail that probably wouldn't bother most folk but it is doing my head in. I love her voice, I love the way the story is developing. Her Henry II is a wily, cheeky chappy, very different from SKP's portrayal and a bit tongue in cheek - but terrific. She obviously knows who was who, but she is getting a lot of the fine detail wrong and saying things like Henry's head was round like a 'cannon ball.' Rather like the billiards with a green baize board, that statement whipped me straight out of the story like a slap. They didn't have cannon balls then. I'm nearly sure that pewter pilgrim badges came later. Evidence for Pewter working as an industry dates to the late 13thC They didn't have heraldry on the tabards then. Heck, most of them didn't have tabards. It's emerging as all very Chaucerian somehow. Enjoyable, but irritating at the same time.
Les proz e les vassals
Souvent entre piez de chevals
Kar ja li coard nI chasront
'The Brave and the valiant
Are always to be found between the hooves of horses
For never will cowards fall down there.'
Histoire de Guillaume le Mareschal