Tania asked:

Has anyone noticed that TIlla was using corn in Roman time England? Corn came to Europe after the discovery of the Americas. An enjoyable book, but hope the author is more rigorous about historical details.

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Carla Hostetter Corn is still used in Europe for wheat esp. Our American corn is called maize. Since the author is British, she used corn.
Robert Sinner Corn is a generic British term for any type of grain. The 1849 Corn Laws although after the New World discovery, still concerned all types of grain and very little 'maize' (American "corn").
Frances I am British and would never call maize just corn. Here it is sweet-corn, popcorn or corn-on-the-cob!
2 countries divided by one language!
Sylvia Snowe Yes, corn is the generic term for grains in ancient Briton--but why use the term, when the author could specifically identify wheat, barley, rye, and oats, the common grains of Briton? And wheat was introduced by the Romans, I believe. But maybe it's a British thing to call those grains corn, in the New World, corn is the maize of the Native Americans.
April @Robert Sinner Exactly -- "corn" was originally the generic term for all farmed grain in the old world; so probably after the Europeans discovered the grain Native Americans were eating, they named that corn too.
Wynne I would have to look this up, but maize (a type of corn) has been in Europe for a long time. But the fact is worth checking.
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