Q: Is a fork obscure? ¶
Q: Were forks first used at the time of Infanta Beatrice? ¶
A: Yes, and Duchess of Viseu, King Manuel I of Portugal's mother around 1450.
Q: Were forks common in France? ¶
A: Yes, and England and Sweden already by the early 17th century.
Q: Was a fork important in Germany because they believed that eating with the fingers was rude and disrespectful? ¶
Q: Were forks not commonly used in Southern Europe until the 16th century when they became part of Italian etiquette? ¶
Q: Are forks increasingly available throughout east Asia? ¶
Q: Is a fork still used in some European languages? ¶
A: Yes, for instance in the Venetian, Greek, and Albanian languages.
Q: Were forks used? ¶
A: Yes, and indeed many examples are displayed in museums around Europe.
Q: Was a fork most likely invented in the Eastern Roman Empire, where they were in common use by the 4th century? ¶
A: Yes, Records show that by the 9th century a similar utensil known as a barjyn was in limited use in Persia within some elite circles.
Q: Is a fork a primarily Western utensil? ¶
A: Yes, and whereas in east Asia chopsticks have been more prevalent.
Q: Were forks used as cooking utensils? ¶
Q: Is a fork shaped like a regular fork? ¶
A: Yes, but it is slightly bigger and the tines are curved outward.
Q: Was a fork in common use throughout the Middle East? ¶