Was 1789 All Due To Wheat Ergot?

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In the run up to that seminal uprising, celebrated in French and world history and preceded by la Grande Peur (great panic) of 17 July – 3 August 1789, the peasant class became exasperated over the quality and quantity of bread available.

For the people’s bread was poor and highly adulterated with cheaper rye as well as sawdust, hay and even occasionally dung to make it go further. The royalty and lesser nobility meanwhile, were contentedly munching on only the finest quality white bread made with wheat.