9781402219436-1402219431-The Dancing Plague: The Strange, True Story of an Extraordinary Illness

The Dancing Plague: The Strange, True Story of an Extraordinary Illness

ISBN-13: 9781402219436
ISBN-10: 1402219431
Edition: Illustrated
Author: Waller, John
Publication date: 2009
Publisher: Sourcebooks
Format: Paperback 288 pages
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ISBN-13: 9781402219436
ISBN-10: 1402219431
Edition: Illustrated
Author: Waller, John
Publication date: 2009
Publisher: Sourcebooks
Format: Paperback 288 pages

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Acknowledged authors Waller, John wrote The Dancing Plague: The Strange, True Story of an Extraordinary Illness comprising 288 pages back in 2009. Textbook and eTextbook are published under ISBN 1402219431 and 9781402219436. Since then The Dancing Plague: The Strange, True Story of an Extraordinary Illness textbook was available to sell back to BooksRun online for the top buyback price or rent at the marketplace.

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A gripping tale of one of history's most bizarre events, and what it reveals about the strange possibilities of human nature

In 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 a 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 history.

John Waller compellingly evokes the sights, 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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