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Top Ten: Food That Changed the World

Those who suffer from ‘hangriness’ will be aware of the power that food can have over us, but these examples take the biscuit…

BREAD

THE CARB THAT SPARKED A REVOLUTION

The soaring price of bread was partly responsible for the French Revolution
ALAMY X5, GETTY X8, MARY EVANS X1

French peasants longingly looked on as the royal family dined lavishly every night, while they starved to death. That all changed one October morning in 1789, when the markets of Paris turned into scenes of riots and mob rule. Women erupted over the outrageous bread price rises. To the beat of the drum, they marched on the Palace of Versailles, gathering more supporters on the way. Upon arrival, they ransacked the grand palace and forced the cowardly King to come back to Paris – a key event in the French Revolution.

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