Uses for Asbestos in the Middle Ages
Use of asbestos declined during the Middle Ages, yet there is plenty of documentation of its use in past centuries, particularly in Rome and the East.
The Roman Emperor Charlemagne, reportedly used an asbestos tablecloth to convince some barbarian guests that he had supernatural powers. In a well-known story, Charlemagne demonstrated his "powers" by throwing the asbestos tablecloth into a fire, and then pulling it out without any singe marks.
Marco Polo was also shown items made from asbestos cloth on his travels. Asbestos was also used extensively as insulation in suits of armor.Courtesy of Ringsurf
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