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A Time to Dance a Time to Die The Extraordinary Story of the Dancing Plague of 1518

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Much was presented over and over again repetitious in some parts The last three chapters were probably the best research into the mind and other strange things that have occurred throughout history The mind is a very powerful instrument indeed In Strasbourg July 1518 a lone woman started dancing and could not stop She eventually collapsed from exhaustion then woke p and started dancing again and the cycle continued ntil her feet were bloodied and those around her sent her off to the shrine of St Vitus some way away in the hopes of a miraculous cureThis is truth by the way Not fiction This is a popular history book not one of the
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novels I keep enough dozens of other people had started dancing ncontrollably Totally Regressed (An ABDL Story) until the city authorities intervened and tried to save their population from this newest and most terrifying of contagious plaguesI knew a little bit about the story in advance I think it got mentioned somewhere and I wiki ed it for info then was disappointed by how little I could find out about it Naturally this book caught my eye immediately when I saw itJohn Waller recreates a bit of the society back at the time complete with famine debts and a corrupt church a desperate age with desperate people at the end of their hope believing that God and his saints were punishing them And he proposes an explanation for the dancing plague mass hysteria He makes a pretty good case for it tooIt s a fairly short and easily readable book and while it contains fewer details about the things that happened to those who survived the dancing plague than I d have hoped it s an interesting read This book explores a fascinating topic Several times throughout history large numbers of people have dancedncontrollably for days Most of them didn t want to dance but they couldn t stop Some of them danced ntil they dropped dead from probably dehydration and heat strokeThe author argues that the dancing plagues were responses to stress and cultural expectations basically the deadly group dances were expectations Basically the deadly group dances were hysteria One woman believed She D Been Forced d been forced dance by vengeful Saint Vitus That idea spread t I wish there was a slightly in depth recount of such an interesting historical event This one was a bit repetitive and sometimes superficial I started reading this book with enthusiasm interested to find out the cause for the strange Dancing Plague that erupted in 1518 in Strasbourg Men and women started. Few hours later Over the next two months roughly four hundred people succumbed to the same agonizing compulsion At its peak the epidemic claimed the lives of fifteen men women and children a day Possibly 100 people danced to their deaths in one of the most bizarre and terrifying plagues in historyJohn Waller compellingly evokes the sig. .

Summary There was a plague in 1518 people danced how many who knows and people died how many somewhere between 10 and 100 It s the fault of the Catholic Church and their crazy superstitions and how they overly oppressed the people on 16th century Germany Take that Catholic ChurchReview This book was about a half step from incredibly moronic And since I barely se my two star rating I decided to give it that half step in terms of two stars First of all when this plague occurred it happened in the only the same place this plague occurred it happened in the only the same place river valley in the vicinity of Strasbourg That to me seems like a pretty clear indication of environmental factors considering the Catholic Church was oppressing people pretty much the same everywhere but only Strasbourgings were dancing But what do I know I don t write over priced books with overly large font and footnotes that could almost fool you into believing that it was written by someone worthy of scholarly ness A relatively superficial treatment of a bizarre phenomenon There s not much information here than on the Wikipedia page on the subjectThere s not much point writing a review Either you ve suddenly become obsessed with the dancing plague in which case you re going to read it whatever I say or you haven t in which case don t botherI d like a really good modern book on fashionable insanities the dancing plague and the one after WWI where people travelled with amnesia and so on The stuff in this one about the neurology of the pathology barely scratched the surface Repetitious mediocre writing overall Despite my sympathy to Waller s hypothesis that the dancing plagues were psychological phenomena he fails to convince and GRATES WITH A SOMEWHAT LOPSIDED VIEW OF THE STATE with a somewhat lopsided view of the state the MedievalReformation era church An interesting look at the year 1518 the year a woman began to dance and didn t stop for days Others joined her and soon many many people were overtaken by this strange plague A look back at the ever present threat of starvation due to famine the corruption of the church who instead of helping their people took from them The fire and brimstone preached the harshness of God and the belief that God was Women of the Otherworld Series Collection (Women of the Otherworld, unhappy with them The darkness of the end of the middle ages the superstitions ever present are all presented in this book Therein lies my problem yes background information was needed tonderstand the setting that allowed a event such as this to occur However I think way to. A gripping tale of one of history's most bizarre events and what it reveals about the strange possibilities of human natureIn the searing July heat of 1518 Frau Troffea stepped into the streets of Strasbourg and began to dance Bathed in sweat she continued to dance Overcome with exhaustion she stopped and then resumed her solitary jig .
To dance for no known reason and some of them literally danced themselves to death I was really intrigued to read the cause of this illness but I was disappointed with the conclusions of the author He gives a variety of possible causes but it seems that there was too little information recorded at the time for Scooby-Doo! and the Farmyard Fright us to actually know what caused the strange behaviour The author was very repetitive and kept referring back to previous cases that he had mentioned so often that it became confusing as to whether he was describing a new outbreak or a previous I felt that I had spent too much time reading this for the results gained All the answers were based on speculation At first I was very enthused about this book however the I read the I grew irritated and lukewarm to both the author and the book My most hated thing isnnecessary repetitions and this occurs often in this book It insults my intelligence to keep finding the same reworded paragraph reinserted all over the book Plus it gives the whole thing a padded feel which was on my mind freuently the I got into this bo John Waller wrote a book about the dancing plague of 1518 If you are like me and the majority of people you have not heard of the dancing plague If you are like me and the majority of people you have not heard of the dancing plague 1518 but as soon as you read on the back cover that in 1518 in Strasbourg dozens of people danced themselves to death you immediately want to know what the hell That s what Waller s book selling point is he will tell you what the hell But first That s what Waller s book selling point is he will tell you what the hell But first will tell you all the other theories that were Vee for Victory used to explain the phenomenon Initially of course demonic possession Then the curse of St Vitus Then overheating of the head Then some parasiteBut John Waller claims that the REAL reason a hundred of people started to dance and couldn t stop watch out here be the spoilers is because they all went loco Well if you ask me demonic possession sounds about rightWaller eventually makes a good case for his gone loco theory His main argument is that when people who arender a lot of stress and pressure break down they do so still within their cultural and sociological frame As in they break down THEY WAY THEY ARE SUPPOSED TO BREAK DOWNBACK IN way they are supposed to break downBack in demonic possession was all the rave Currently it is en vogue to Star Wars uit your job cry eat a lot ofnhealthy food and watch daytime tv O tempora o sLet s take this moment to think about and mourn the victims of the dancing plague of 1815 to whom I would like to dedicate this. Hts sounds and aromas; the diseases and hardships; the fervent supernaturalism and the desperate hedonism of the late medieval world Based on new evidence he explains why the plague occurred and how it came to an end In doing so he sheds light on the strangest capabilities of the human mind and on our own susceptibility to mass hysteria. ,

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