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by John WALLER


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Only 14 left in stock (more on the way). Although this type of plague does not appear to be as well-known as other remarkable events that have occurred in history, its 1518 occurrence was not the first and not quite the last. The author does an excellent job of setting the scene for this event on the political, cultural and especially religious fronts.

The dancing plague (or dance epidemic) of 1518 was a case of dancing mania . A Time to Dance, A Time to Die: The Extraordinary Story of the Dancing Plague of 1518. Thriplow: Icon Books.

The dancing plague (or dance epidemic) of 1518 was a case of dancing mania that occurred in Strasbourg, Alsace, (now modern day France) in the Holy Roman Empire in July 1518. Around 400 people took to dancing for days without rest and, over the period of about one month, some of those affected collapsed or even died of heart attack, stroke, or exhaustion. Historian John Waller stated that a marathon runner could not have lasted the intense workout that these men and women did hundreds of years ag. .

Initi John Waller wrote a book about the dancing plague of 1518. In Strasbourg, July 1518, a lone woman started dancing and could not stop

Initi 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 of 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!'. In Strasbourg, July 1518, a lone woman started dancing and could not stop. She eventually collapsed from exhaustion, then woke up and started dancing again, and the cycle continued until 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 cure. This is truth, by the way. Not fiction.

At the same time, the extraordinary story this book tells offers rich insights into how people behave when driven .

At the same time, the extraordinary story this book tells offers rich insights into how people behave when driven beyond the limits of endurance.

In July 1518 a plague struck the medieval city of Strasbourg. Hundreds of men and women danced wildly, day after day, in the punishing summer heat. They did not want to dance, but could not stop

A Time to Dance, a Time to Die: The Extraordinary Story of the Dancing Plague of 1518 by John Waller (Paperback, 2009). Current slide {CURRENT SLIDE} of {TOTAL SLIDES}- Compare similar products. In July 1518 a plague struck the medieval city of Strasbourg. They did not want to dance, but could not stop.

Waller does a remarkable job of getting to the causes of the epidemic, looking at things from every angle. He notes, for instance, the terrible position of women in late medieval and early modern Europe: "One of the few freedoms a poor wife possessed was being able to opt for burial apart from her spouse. In a remarkable and no doubt unconscious echo of this, there is no mention in the index of Frau Troffea

In Waller’s book A Time to Dance, A Time to Die: The Extraordinary Story of the Dancing Plague of 1518, he says: "That the event took place, is undisputed.

In Waller’s book A Time to Dance, A Time to Die: The Extraordinary Story of the Dancing Plague of 1518, he says: "That the event took place, is undisputed. Waller explained that historical records documenting the deaths from the plague, such as cathedral sermons, physician notes, local and regional chronicles, and even notes issued by the Strasbourg city council are all "unambiguous on the fact that the victims danced.

1. Signs of the Times. 19. Plagues and Priests. John Waller is a historian of medicine at Michigan State University

1. John Waller is a historian of medicine at Michigan State University. Educated at the universities of Oxford and London, he is the author of several other books, including The Real Oliver Twist (Icon, 2005), The Discovery of the Germ (2002) and Fabulous Science (OUP, 2002). He lives with his wife and daughter in Michigan.

The dancing plague that afflicted Strasbourg in the summer of 1518 is at the heart of John Waller’s fascinating .

The dancing plague that afflicted Strasbourg in the summer of 1518 is at the heart of John Waller’s fascinating book. He finds plausible explanations for the weird ‘choreomania’ in the conjunction of social misery, hysteria and religious convictions and, in doing so, conjures up a vanished world of arcane rituals, beliefs and fears. Reading Waller’s book is like staring at a Brueghel painting of peasant life and watching it come suddenly and unexpectedly to life.

This is the true story of a wild dancing epidemic that brought death and fear to a 16th-century city, and the terrifying supernatural beliefs from which it arose

This is the true story of a wild dancing epidemic that brought death and fear to a 16th-century city, and the terrifying supernatural beliefs from which it arose. In July 1518 a terrifying and mysterious plague struck the medieval city of Strasbourg. Throughout August and early September more and more were seized by the same terrible compulsion.

This is the true story of a wild dancing epidemic that brought death and fear to a 16th-century city, and the terrifying supernatural beliefs from which it arose. In July 1518 a terrifying and mysterious plague struck the medieval city of Strasbourg. Hundreds of men and women danced wildly, day after day, in the punishing summer heat. They did not want to dance, but could not stop. Throughout August and early September more and more were seized by the same terrible compulsion. By the time the epidemic subsided, heat and exhaustion had claimed an unfold number of lives, leaving thousands bewildered and bereaved, and an enduring enigma for future generations. Drawing on fresh evidence, John Waller's account of the bizarre events of 1518 explains why Strasbourg's dancing plague took place. In doing so it leads us into a largely vanished world, evoking the sights, sounds, aromas, diseases and hardships, the fervent supernaturalism, and the desperate hedonism of the late medieval world. At the same time, the extraordinary story this book tells offers rich insights into how people behave when driven beyond the limits of endurance. Above all, this is an exploration into the strangest capabilities of the human mind and the extremes to which fear and irrationality can lead us.

Comments: (4)

Usanner
This is a truly remarkable true story. John Waller's amazing in-depth research explores, exposes & seeks to explain one of the most remarkable, strange and unexplainable events in recoded history. A well written, interesting telling of this bizarre event. I'm intrigued by weird true events & this book delivers - I thoroughly enjoyed it!
Shomeshet
history that I was unaware of
Kagaramar
This is the fascinating account of the so-called dancing plague of 1518 Strasbourg. Although this type of plague does not appear to be as well-known as other remarkable events that have occurred in history, its 1518 occurrence was not the first and not quite the last. The author does an excellent job of setting the scene for this event on the political, cultural and especially religious fronts. The dancing plague itself is then described in great detail as are the attempts at curing the many who were so tragically afflicted. Since the ultimate cure may seem rather astonishing to the modern reader, the author finally compares this plague with other more or less equivalent events in the modern world. Consequently, the last chapter makes for fascinating reading on the nature of the human mind. The writing style is elegant and authoritative, scholarly but accessible and most engaging. This book can be enjoyed by anyone, but those with a penchant for medieval history and for psychology will be in for a special treat.
Bearus
"A Time to Dance a Time to Die" sounds better than it reads. Its the story of crazed dancing in 16th century Strasbourg involving several hundred people who are unable to stop except from exhaustion. Mr. Waller attempts to find the source of illness. He see the origins in the brutal conditions, the hunger and poverty of the citizens of Strasbourg, accentuated by the religiousity of those times.

But really what is so significant about a few hundred people going a bit nuts five hundred years ago? Supposedly there were deaths but probably not even twenty and its not completely clear that the cause was the dancing. The books title promises something more ghastly, a society gone haywire when in fact it was probably less then one percent of the population of the city involved. And given the paucity of sources about these events, it gives the book a hazy, unreal quality. Waller tries to be historically accurate and yet there is a feeling of thinness, of question marks around the most basic facts of the story.

Frankly, I think this book could have been a forty page essay.
A Time to Dance, a Time to Die: The Extraordinary Story of the Dancing Plague of 1518 download epub
Author: John WALLER
ISBN: 1848310218
Category: No category
Language: English
Publisher: Icon Books; 1st Edition edition (2008)
Pages: 267 pages