[LMB] a note on chronology and the history of printing in the 5GU

Lois Bujold lbujold at myinfmail.com
Wed Jul 28 17:42:37 BST 2021

Brief recap...

If we were to peg the 5GU to our history, which should not be applied 
rigidly due to my free-form uses of sources -- these are stories, not 
dissertations -- in round numbers, the original extended Cedonian empire 
(Alexander turned the opposite way) would have started about 300 BC-BCE 
(collapsed/receded 300-plus years later, not all at once)  Audar's 
conquest of the Weald would be around 800 AD/CE, Ingrey and Ijada's tale 
about 1200, Penric so far the mid-1300s, and Cazaril and company the 
latter half of the 1400s.  So there's really only about one century 
between Pen and Caz.

Printing in Pen's time had already been invented, but with carved wooden 
plates like the original Chinese.  The visual quality of good 
hand-scribed works was still better, but of course more laborious.  His 
sorcerous invention was an improvement on an existing system, but would 
be soon be eclipsed by moveable type. I think of it as the Betamax of 
printing development, good but short-lived.  I hope he collected some 
royalties first, as per the princess-archdivine's advice.

Ordol's work might have been printed via either system -- Temple 
documents would be the last to give up sorcerous plate-making, even as 
the lay world leaped on moveable type.   However, the Ibran peninsula is 
usually behind the rest of the continent in development, because of the 
religious wars.

No, Ordol is not Penric, though I feel his book is one of those Blessed 
Chio would have approved.

Ta, L.

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