St. Anthony’s Fire Epidemic of Paris (945 A.D.)
The Problem: The people of Paris were plagued with great sores which encompassed their limbs. To which the only cure was a trip to St. Mary’s church in Paris where Duke Hugh the Great, Count of Paris nourished the ill with his own holy stores of grain. The ill were quickly cured, but as soon as they returned home they came back down with the terrible sores.
The Cause: Ergot poisoning. Ergot is a fungus that grows on rye during cold, damp conditions. When the grain is ground up and then made into bread, people consume the fungus and poisoning ensues. There are three different types of ergotism: gangrenous, convulsive, and hallucinogenic. In the case of the Paris epidemic, sufferers were stricken with the gangrenous type of ergotism. So why were they cured when they went St. Mary’s? The answer is quite simple. Duke Hugh’s stores of grain were better maintained, and therefore, not contaminated with ergot so when people ate his grains their ergotism went away, but as soon as they returned home they consumed their contaminated grain causing them to once again come down with the poisoning.
It was in the Rhine Valley, in 857 A.D., that the first major outbreak of gangrenous ergotism was documented. It was at this time that the symptoms (but not the knowledge of what caused the symptoms) from consumption of ergot was called Holy Fire. “Fire” because of the burning sensations, in the extremities, that were experienced by the victims of gangrenous ergotism, and “Holy” because of the belief that this was a punishment from God. The victims’ toes, fingers, arms and legs often became blackened as a result of gangrene, and would eventually die from the infections in these extremities. In addition, the victims often suffered from convulsive ergotism, as well, from the psychoactive properties that may occur in the ergot. Numerous epidemics of ergotism followed, with thousands dying as a result of the continual consumption of infected rye, with the most susceptible victims often being children.
Kicked Out of Heaven Vol. II
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The Untold History of The White Races cir. 700 – 1700 a.d.
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Kicked Out Of Heaven Vol. II: The Untold History of The White Races cir. 700-1700 a.d. is a 3 volume series that will be released one by one. This book details everything about European society and mentality. In this edition you will find these facts: Alcoholism & The Blue Devils, Insanity & Lead Poisoning, Ergot (LSD) Hallucinations, The Sweating Sickness & Leprosy, The Tobacco Enema & Leeches, The Defloration Mania, The Dancing Mania, The Black Death, The Gravediggers & Body Snatchers, Jews Poisoning the Wells, Millions of Deaths, Folklore & Superstition, Magic Mirrors & Crystal Balls, Witches Dancing in Baby Blood, Pants Made of Human Skin, Necromancy & Ghost Armies, Attacks from The Undead, Lycanthropy & Were-Wolves, Multiple Cases of Vampires, Who is Satan, Lucifer & The Devil!
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