The Erfurt Latrine Disaster

Deaths are always unfortunate and even more so if they occur as a result of an accident. But sometimes there are incidents that have particularly humiliating characteristics and probably among the worst recorded in history is the incident that occurred in Erfurt in the middle of the Middle Ages, when dozens of members of the court of Henry VI perished when the floor of the building where they were standing collapsed. Many lost their lives from the fall but others drowned in excrement as they fell into a septic tank.

St Peter's Church of Petersberg Citadel,

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St Peter's Church of Petersberg Citadel, the building where the tragedy occurred. Photo: magro_kr/Flickr


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