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Emperor Menelik II - Biblical Medicine

Emperor Menelik II (1844 - 1913)

Thought to be a descendant of the legendary Queen of Sheba and King Solomon Menelik II of Ethiopia maintained his country's independence against Italian aggression. He won the decisive battle of Adowa over Italy in 1896.

Menelik II had a few odd quirks though. For instance when he felt sick he would eat pages right out of the bible?! He had convinced himself that by doing so he would get better. This bizarre habit did him no harm, and who knows perhaps on a psychological level did him some good?

In December 1913 he decided to treat himself by eating the complete Book of Kings from the Old Testament. He was recovering from the effects of a stroke at the time. His doctors fed him page by page, but he did not consume more than a few chapters before dying.

For Further Reading and Image Credit:

Menelik II


Let Them Eat Cake, By Geoffrey Regan (c) 1994



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