Thursday, February 04, 2010

Forked to death


In 1004 Maria Argyropoulina, Greek niece of the Byzantine Emperor Basil II, came to Venice for her marriage to Giovanni, son of the Pietro Orseolo II, the Doge of Venice, with a case of golden forks—and then proceeded to use them at the wedding feast. She was roundly condemned by the local clergy for her decadence, with one going so far as to say, “God in his wisdom has provided man with natural forks—his fingers. Therefore it is an insult to him to substitute artificial metal forks for them when eating.”
When Argyropoulina died of the plague two years later, Cardinal Peter Damian wrote: “Nor did she deign to touch her food with her fingers, but would command her eunuchs to cut it up into small pieces, which she would impale on a certain golden instrument with two prongs and thus carry to her mouth. . . . this woman’s vanity was hateful to Almighty God; and so, unmistakably, did He take his revenge. For He raised over her the sword of His divine justice, so that her whole body did putrefy and all her limbs began to wither.”

6 Comments:

Blogger Eurodog said...

So there!

7:04 pm  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

China and Russia put the blame on some screwed up experiments of US for the earthquake that happened in Haiti.
Chinese and Russian Military scientists, these reports say, are concurring with Canadian researcher, and former Asia-Pacific Bureau Chief of Forbes Magazine, Benjamin Fulford, who in a very disturbing video released from his Japanese offices to the American public, details how the United States attacked China by the firing of a 90 Million Volt Shockwave from the Americans High Frequency Active Auroral Research Program (HAARP) facilities in Alaska
If we can recollect a previous news when US blamed Russia for the earthquake in Georgio. What do you guys think? Is it really possible to create an earthquake by humans?
I came across this [url=http://universalages.com/hot-news/what-happened-in-haiti-is-it-related-to-haarp/]article about Haiti Earthquake[/url] in some blog it seems very interesting, but conspiracy theories have always been there.

8:27 am  
Blogger kinglear said...

seems a bit extreme for a fork... or mybe that's why the sevil in old depictions has a large fork....

8:52 am  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Easily I agree but I dream the brief should prepare more info then it has.

9:37 pm  
Blogger Winchester whisperer said...

Interesting theory, Anon

Good point, KL!

Not sure what you mean, Anon

8:54 am  
Blogger Ellee Seymour said...

I shall think of this tragic tale when I pick up my cutlery during dinner. Poor Maria.

9:12 pm  

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