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Re: Famous people thought to have Crohn's #4 Alfred the Great
Alfred The Great, born 849 and King of Wessex from 871 to 899.
The Royal Society of Medicine were made aware of the monarch's condition through a book written at the time by Asser, King Alfred's Welsh bishop and "admirer". He tells us that after Alfred had married he participated in a "grand feast" which lasted for a day and a night and he was "struck without warning in the presence of the entire gathering by a sudden and severe pain that was quite unknown to all physicians". Many around him alleged this had happened "through the spells and witchcraft of those around him, or the Devil who is always envious of good men".
Asser advises that the "stricken Monarch" despite his symptoms "was able to pursue matters of state and the things that gave him pleasure with some energy"
*(text taken from Post 14th March 2011 by Kathleen Nichols 'Crohnological Order')
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