The inns are usually a resort of merriment, occasionally too of excesses; for it is well known that when the Blessed Virgin arrived at Bethlehem with Joseph they had to seek shelter in a draughty stable, there being no room for them in the inn; and it is true that in such houses our most benevolent Lord at the present time can find no room, because all is overcrowded with wickedness. That a swine should be born of a lamb, a raven of an eagle, a goat of a horse is not so prodigious a marvel; for experience has rendered such happenings familiar to us. Who has not heard that men by drink at the “White Lamb” have been converted into swine, at the “Golden Eagle” into gallow birds, at the “Red Horse” into licentious goats; let not this astonish you, for when Bacchus applies the bellows Venus sits by the fireside . But this does not apply to all inns, but only to such which in their accommodation include both wine and women. Inns, in short, are in many cases brothels, and in no other place does the piper reap a richer harvest for his inciting tune, and all mountebanks and clowns can here dispose of their wares in return for gleaming silver-but at that time populous Vienna the sad reverse of merriment was seen, and many a potman had more to do in making up a reckoning not of what had been drunk, but of the drinkers whom in the morning he found either before or behind the door-yea, frequently host and guests were borned away together on the corpse cart. The floor which formerly had to be sprayed to lay the dust for dancing was now sprayed with tears; nor did the hosts need to rinse the glasses with cool water to keep them whole, but their thoughts were more fragile than their glass; instead of sweet draughts they drew deep sighs, and there was more to be seen-oh transformation-of whining than of wine!
And people walked the streets as if deprived of heart and stricken dumb, and their pale faces bore witness of the state of their internal works. Occasionally in some street the greeting was heard: “Well met, dear brother, are you still alive?” and to this came the answer with the addition said in a half-broken voice: “Yes, yes, I am still alive, but my father, my mother, my sister, all are dead,” which deprived conversation of all further voice, and tear-filled eyes alone bade still farewell.
That such apparitions (ghosts) were not always only the results of optical illusions, but that mentally and morally deranged men frequently endeavoured to terrify the public by all kinds of trickery, is borne out by a series of legal prosecutions with 15 strokes of the rod, because during an epidemic of plague she wandered about the suburbs dressed in white declaring she was death. In consequence of the frequency with which the outbreaks succeeded one another from the 14th to the 17th centuries-an outbreak may be recorded nearly every 20 years, frequently every 10 years-the minds of the people were highly excited and strained. Numerous other epidemics, earthquakes, famines, wars, and plagues of vermin contributed still further, so that they were daily in expectation of terrible events. A great role was played by the indications and precursors which, according to popular belief, preceded such happenings.
Further precursory indications are when pregnant women frequently produce abortions, when plaintice wailing is heard in graveyards, when funerals are seen passing in the clouds, when children in their playgrounds play at funeral processions.
The plague regulation of Troyes of 1523 orders that those who have died of the plague may only be buried at night-time. The corpse-bearers, horses, and hearses must be provided with bells. Everyone who enter the town in spite of the prohibition is to be severly punished. Thus four poor women who had come from a neighbouring borough to sell old linen underclothing were condemned to be tied to a cart, driven through the town, and publicly whipped. The magistrates paid ten sous to all who took part in the whipping and 40 sous to the executioner for particularly thorough work. Transgressors of the plague regulations were punished even after their death. The servant maid, Barbara Thutin, of Koenigsberg, had infected herself and her master by appropriating several articles belonging to people who had died of the plague. “As by this she had grossly contravened the strict prohibition, an execution was carried out on her after her death, she being exhumed on March 21, 1710, in the new cemetery where she had been buried, and on the 22nd hanged in her coffin on the gallows, and after a few days burnt at the foot of the gallows as an example for others.” A measure to be found in nearly all plague regulations is the expulsion of drunkards, beggars, lepers, and gipsies.
Kicked Out of Heaven Vol. II
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The Untold History of The White Races cir. 700 – 1700 a.d.
666 pages 197 pages
- ISBN-10: 1943820058
- ISBN-13: 978-1943820054
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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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