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The people of the middle ages mostly believed in four elements: fire, earth, air, and water. Arsenic, antimony, and bismuth were discovered in the middle ages, but medieval people did not know they were elements any more than they knew that gold, copper, iron, and silver were elements. The idea of actual chemical elements was something that came later.

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