The use of a fork as an eating utensil began in the Middle East before the year 1000.
First introduced to Europe in the 10th century, the table fork had by the 11th century been introduced to Italy. The fork’s arrival in northern Europe was problematic. For many years it was viewed as an unmanly Italian affectation.
The Roman Catholic Church strongly disapproved of its use: “God in his wisdom has provided man with natural forks — his fingers. Therefore it is an insult to Him to substitute artificial metallic forks for them when eating.” It was not until the 18th century that the fork became commonly used in Great Britain.