DELIVER US FROM CROP FAILURE

[Bill issued for all parishes of Milan by the chancery of the Archbishop of Milan proclaiming a solemn procession to fend off crop failure.]

Milan, 12 April 1710.

Single sheet, quarto (250 x 170 mm); large woodcut stamp of the Archbishopric of Milan at head; single minute hole, else a very good copy.

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[Bill issued for all parishes of Milan by the chancery of the Archbishop of Milan proclaiming a solemn procession to fend off crop failure.]

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An apparently unrecorded poignant witness to an all-too-common ancestral fear: the real possibility of crop failure following a frosty spring. In April 1710 lingering frost must have caused great anxiety. The Archbishop of Milan orders a solemn procession to be held by the entire clergy of the diocese, starting from the Cathedral towards the ancient church of S. Ambrose, with the singing of the penitential psalm Miserere.

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