[PW] question about corpses after a massacre

Mary Barna mbarna at albright.org
Thu May 7 12:04:25 PDT 2015

Not to sound flippant, but maybe the corpses were piled so tightly that it took that long to get to the ones on the bottom. The stench might still be there because it permeated the walls, buildings and everything else. It must have been horrible.

Mary Barna, Director
Valley Community Library
Peckville, PA  18452
570.489.1765 x 3
A Member of the Lackawanna County Library System

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I have read that when Jerusalem surrendered to the Crusaders in 1099, the Franks/Crusaders slaughtered so many of the inhabitants that when Fulcher of Chartres visited five months later to preside over Christmas services he was appalled by the stench and number of rotting corpses.

Since maggots can consume 60 percent of a corpse in seven days, how could there still have been rotting bodies from a siege that had taken place five months previously?
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