St Anthony's Fire Timeline

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  • 251 CE - 356 CE
    Life of Saint Anthony (Anthony the Great).
  • 994 CE
    An outbreak of St Anthony's Fire (ergotism) causes 20,000-40,000 deaths in France.
  • 1100 CE
    The Order of Hospitallers of St. Anthony is established in Grenoble, France.
  • 1596 CE
    The German physician Wendelin Thelius connects the ergot fungus to the rye grain, cause of St Anthony's Fire.