hist-games: The Tablero Hoax apparently proven

Wendi Dunlap litlnemo at slumberland.seattle.wa.us
Fri Apr 26 18:10:01 PDT 2013


It certainly gives you an interesting perspective on what is "common 
knowledge," that's for sure.

W

Justin du coeur wrote:
> Yep.  While not quite as common in my experience with games, this
> happens *all* the time with dance (one of my other areas of concentration).
>
> Pre-17th century dance usually has a fair element of speculation to it,
> since describing dance precisely is a bit tricky, and reconstructions
> tend to range from Slightly Squishy to Mostly Guesswork.  But even with
> the nearly pure guesses, even when the reconstruction was laced
> throughout with caveats, it's remarkably common to find it later
> parroted as being entirely authentic.
>
> (And of course, then there is the Carolingian Pavane -- a modern
> invention crafted by a local scholar for a performance and named after
> our SCA Barony -- which has occasionally been cited as being "medieval"
> on the basis that it clearly came from the Carolingian Empire...)
>
>
> On Fri, Apr 26, 2013 at 7:49 PM, Wendi Dunlap
> <litlnemo at slumberland.seattle.wa.us
> <mailto:litlnemo at slumberland.seattle.wa.us>> wrote:
>
>     *delurking*
>
>     I can see why people would be taken in by a really authoritative origin
>     tale that they really, REALLY want to believe.
>
>     I created a speculative reconstruction of a medieval game, and said VERY
>     CLEARLY on the website about it that we don't know what rules the game
>     may have had in period, and that my version is a "plausible
>     reconstruction," something fun to play at events, and nothing more.
>
>     I have since been horrified to find people using my version in web
>     articles and term papers, representing it as "these are the rules for
>     the medieval game." Somehow... my disclaimer is always the part that
>     doesn't get copied. People want to believe.



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