Imagine an entire 15th-century town overcome by a collective waking nightmare. The afflicted walk the streets with blackened limbs and seeping sores, all while psychotic hallucinations assault their fragile hold on sanity. Join Robert and Joe as they explore the world of Ergotism and discuss how a toxic fungus terrorized and inspired generations of Medieval Europeans.
The Psychedelic Nightmare of Ergotism
Image Caption: The Temptation of Saint Anthony. Found in the collection of Liechtenstein Museum. (Fine Art Images/Heritage Images/Getty Images)
Art Spotlight: Saint Anthony, Hand of Fire (illustration Joe and I discuss)
Was Hieronymus Bosch on drugs? (video)