Date: this event never happened
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Bartholin, however, has no refernce to Queen Sforza anywhere in said book. However, I do have a different version of this event, from a 1745 study of spontaneous human combustion; according to it:
But here's the next problem; Cohausen's book also has no mention of Queen Sforza. While the page indicated above does in fact contain a story of a strange fire death, it is not the story that is related above!
In addition, while digging through a volume of correspondance on various subjects that Bartholin had produced in his life, I discovered that he had received a number of letters from a gentleman named Vorstius, some dealing with questions about spontaneous combustion. So in the end, the brief tale of Polonus Vorstius' fiery death appears to be a modern mix of a false old tale and a name from Bartholin's correspondance... and until more information can be found, I have to consider this tale to be false.
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