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Saint Valentine blessing an epileptic. Coloured etching.


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Translation of the lettering: Saint Valentine, patron of serious disease Saint Valentine was bishop of Terni in the third century. The man "falling" at the saint's feet is an epileptic: epilepsy has been known as the "falling sickness", "fallende Sucht", "Fallsucht" etc. Saint Valentine's patronage of epileptics is probably due to the assonance between his name and the Germanic word "fall"

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S: Walenti patron od chorobi ciezki.

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