The Ghostly Warriors Of Worms





The abbot of Ursperg, in his Chronicle, year 1123, says that in the

territory of Worms they saw during many days a multitude of armed men,

on foot and on horseback, going and coming with great noise, like people

who are going to a solemn assembly. Every day they marched, towards the

hour of noon, to a mountain, which appeared to be their place of

rendezvous. Someone in the neighbourhood, bolder than the rest, having

guarded himself with the sign of the cross, approached one of these

armed men, conjuring him in the name of God, to declare the meaning of

this army, and their design. The soldier or phantom replied, "We are not

what you imagine; we are neither vain phantoms nor true soldiers, we are

the spirits of those who were killed on this spot a long time ago. The

arms and horses which you behold are the instruments of our punishment,

as they were of our sins. We are all on fire, though you can see nothing

about us which appears inflamed." It is said that they remarked in this

company the Count Emico, who had been killed a few years before, and who

declared that he might be extricated from that state by alms and

prayers.





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