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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 is unnecessary 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 book The font is big and the pages themselves are rather small so with the repetitions and rather pointless and stupid imaginings of 1518 I feel like the author was trying to draw out this book I also have hit my lifetime uota of the word cavalieresueAll these repetitions and well maybe the bishop wasn t in town that day but if he was he would probably would have looked at his flock which might have looked something like this and perhaps would have said This is obviously not a direct uote and me making fun of the style but if the author took out all these possibilities and oh by the way most of the townsfolk probably were missing teeth moments book would have been much much shorter Which was not needed because he had plenty of material to work with if he wasn t focusing on random things Also he needed to not be apologizing for his bizarre subject matter It s why we re reading this book to begin with I realize that the loss of life from uncontrollable spastic dancing is significantly less than plagues or war It seems like he was almost embarrassed by his subject matter and kept wandering on off topic material like the Peasant War or the attempted uprisings in the countryside which really didn t have that much to do with anything I thought the ending was actually the most interesting part of the whole book and how the dancing plague is not so different from stress disorders today Also thought it was fascinating how the ways people snap under pressure have changed over time This should have been the focus of the book since it was obvious that his source material for the 1518 and the dozens of other 1100s 1500s choreomania was rather slim One thing Throughout the book he mentions he is focusing on the 1518 incident since that was the last major outbreak and then at the very end of book mentions the 1863 Madagascar time where thousands danced because they thought they were haunted by the spirit of the evil dead ueen Ranavalona This interests me endlessly since whenever the gruesome Female Caligula pops up in either fiction or non fiction things don t turn out well in a bizarre way for everyone Did not know that she still affected the populace that much even after death Anyways this kind of makes all his last major outbreak parts false and it would have been a better book if he compared and contrasted 1518 and 1863 throughout the middle instead of just mentioning it as an aside Five stars for the crazy subject matter and how it made me think about coping mechanisms and pressure points of today one for the presentation 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 of the MedievalReformation era church This book explores a fascinating topic Several times throughout history large numbers of people have danced uncontrollably for days Most of them didn t want to dance but they couldn t stop Some of them danced until 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 mass hysteria One woman believed she d been forced to dance by vengeful Sain. 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
Ith the dancing plague in which case ou re going to read it whatever I say or A Caregiver's Guide to Lewy Body Dementia 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 John Waller wrote a book about the dancing plague of 1518 Ifou are like me and the majority of people Besser Php Programmieren you have not heard of the dancing plague of 1518 but as soon asou read on the back cover that in 1518 in Strasbourg dozens of people danced themselves to death Călătoria unui fiu risipitor. Eseu romanţat asupra neizbânzii you immediately want to know what the hell That s what Waller s book selling point is he will tellou what the hell But first he will tell Things for the Surgeon you all the other theories that were 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 ifou 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 are under 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 1518 demonic possession was all the rave Currently it is en vogue to uit our job cry eat a lot of unhealthy 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 An interesting look at the ear 1518 the Los Hijos del Orden 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 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 problemes background information was needed to understand the setting that allowed a event such as this to occur However I think way to 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 mi I wish there was a slightly in depth recount of such an interesting historical event This one was a bit repetitive and sometimes superficial 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 use 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 the 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 ou into believing that it was written by someone worthy of scholarly ness. 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.
T Vitus That idea spread to her neighbors and they started to believe that they d been cursed too The town leaders tried several ways to stop the dancing but the only thing that worked was taking the dancers to Vitus s shrine and letting them dance until they thought the saint was satisfiedThe book s most interesting chapter is the last one The author talks about how people s responses to stress have changed as our culture changed Back in the dancing plague days people thought life s problems were caused by angry saints They responded to stress by believing in curses and thinking they needed to please the saints Nowadays our culture sees stress through a medical lens We respond to it by going to the doctor and complaining about headaches stomachaches insomnia etc Instead of appeasing saints we take medication and do oga Our way of experiencing stress may seem bizarre to people in the futureI enjoyed the last chapter but the rest of the book is dry and padded with repetitive information The author does a lot of assuming and speculating Historical records about the dancing plagues are sparse I don t think we know enough about them to write an entire book on the subjectDo To Rabbittown you like opinions giveaways and bookish nonsense I have a blog for that 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 cureThis is truth by the way Not fiction This is a popular history book not one of the fantasy novels I keep readingSoon enough dozens of other people had started dancing uncontrollably 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 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 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 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 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 Eitherou ve suddenly become obsessed 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.