The fork: a history of disputes –

Although the fork it is an extremely common object in our western society, for many centuries this simple utensil was the product of various disputes and misunderstandings, generating numerous conflicts that were concentrated both within the walls of royalty and aristocracy as well as in the most austere homes.

The beginnings of fork either spike go back to the Classic Greece to serve meals and help himself eat with himself, but despite these facts, the fork it was not used until many centuries later in all Europebeing introduced in the year 1077 by the princess Theodoradaughter of Emperor Byzantium Constantine Ducascoming from Constantinople.

Theodora having married Domenico Selvoson of Duke of Venice, try to incorporate this (for that time) curious element that would accompany the table. At that time, Europeans used their own fingers as the only elements to eat, following strict rules established by the royalty of the manners of good eating and refinement.

As expected, the results were not very flattering for the Princess. Diners were not comfortable with such a skewer in their hands, ending the meal with numerous punctures on the tongue, lips, throat and hands due to the lack of knowledge and domination of the simple fork.

It is even said that the very Catherine de’ Mediciresponsible for incorporating the utensil into France in the 16th century, he used the same to also scratch his back.

Due to these setbacks that the object caused, and the deep propaganda that it made Carlos V (famous for being overly refined and effeminate), the fork became a symbol of cheesiness and ostentation, being despised to the point of being called diabolical instrument. Finally, the fork was formally incorporated in the tables of the guests from the eighteenth century, varying according to the areas and overcoming the old custom of eating with the hands.