Bread of dreams


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History Today
Vol. 39, no. 4 (April 1989), p. 14-21


Bread may be the stuff of life, but was it also the stuff of fantasy for the peasants of medieval Italy? Did adulterated or contaminated food keep them in a semi-permanent state of hallucination or madness? These are some of the thoughts offered below, extracted from a translation about to appear of the Italian historian Piero Camporesi's provocative work