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

Ke pinions 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 Cómo ligar con esa chica que tanto te gusta y a la que le gusta otro off to the shrinef St Vitus some way away in the hopes Death Threat of a miraculous cureThis is truth by the way Not fiction This is a popular history book notne f the fantasy novels I keep readingSoon enough dozens f ther people had started dancing uncontrollably until the city authorities intervened and tried to save their population from this newest and most terrifying f 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 ut about it Naturally this book caught my eye immediately when I saw itJohn Waller recreates a bit f the society back at the time complete with famine debts and a corrupt church a desperate age with desperate people at the end Porter Rockwell: A Biography 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 findut 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 Satire of them literally danced themselves to death I was really intrigued to read the causef this illness but I was disappointed with the conclusions Deflower the Boss of the author He gives a varietyf 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 Hebrew magic amulets often that it became confusing as to whether he was describing a newutbreak r a previous I felt that I had spent too much time readi A relatively superficial treatment f a bizarre phenomenon There s not much information here than Being There on the Wikipedia pagen the subjectThere s not much point writing a review Either you ve su John Waller wrote a book about the dancing plague هذه بلادنا: الجواء of 1518 If you are like me and the majorityf people you have not heard Buddha's Brain: The Practical Neuroscience of Happiness, Love, and Wisdom of the dancing plaguef 1518 but as soon as you read n the back cover that in 1518 in Strasbourg dozens f 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 he will tell you all the ther theories that were used to explain the phenomenon Initially f. 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 Witness to the Martyrdom: John Taylor's Personal Account of the Last Days of the Prophet Joseph Smith of fifteen men women and children a day Possibly 100 people danced to their deaths inne f the most bizarre and terrifying plagues in historyJohn Waller compellingly evokes the sig.

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 ccurs ften in this book It insults my intelligence to keep finding the same reworded paragraph reinserted all ver the book Plus it gives the whole thing a padded feel which was n 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 f 1518 I feel like the author was trying to draw The War at Home: One Family's Fight Against PTSD out this book I also have hit my lifetime uotaf 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 bviously not a direct uote and me making fun f the style but if the author took ut all the Repetitious mediocre writing verall 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 f the state f the MedievalReformation era church This book explores a fascinating topic Several times throughout history large numbers Ten Thousand Goddam Cattle: A History of the American Cowboy in Song, Story and Verse of people have danced uncontrollably for days Mostf them didn t want to dance but they couldn t stop Some Set Theory, Logic and Their Limitations 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 Saint 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 thenly 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 ne The author talks about how people s responses to stress have changed as ur 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 ur culture sees stress through a medical lens We respond to it by going to the doctor and complaining about headaches stomachaches insomnia etc Instead f appeasing saints we take medication and do yoga Our way The Stringbean Murders of experiencing stress may seem bizarre to people in the futureI enjoyed the last chapter but the restf the book is dry and padded with repetitive information The author does a lot أساطير شعبية من قلب جزيرة العرب: الجزء الرابع 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 bookn the subjectDo you li. A gripping tale f ne The Sporty Game of history's most bizarre events and what it reveals about the strange possibilitiesf human natureIn the searing July heat American Yakuza II of 1518 Frau Troffea stepped into the streetsf Strasbourg and began to dance Bathed in sweat she continued to dance Overcome with exhaustion she stopped and then resumed her solitary jig

Course demonic possession Then the curse Inventions That Changed the World: Working Wonders of St Vitus Thenverheating Love Onboard: Cupid's Caribbean Cruise of the head Then some parasiteBut John Waller claims that the REAL reason a hundredf people started to dance and couldn t stop watch Vertical Mind: Psychological Approaches for Optimal Rock Climbing 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 are under a lotf 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 your job cry eat a lot f unhealthy food and watch daytime tv O tempora sLet s take this moment to think about and mourn the victims f the dancing plague f 1815 to whom I would like to dedicate this 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 vertaken by this strange plague A look back at the ever present threat f starvation due to famine the corruption f the church who instead f helping their people took from them The fire and brimstone preached the harshness f God and the belief that God was unhappy with them The darkness f the end f the middle ages the superstitions ever present are all presented in this book Therein lies my problem yes background information was needed to understand the setting that allowed a event such as this to ccur However I think way to much was presented DIY, Dammit!: A Practical Guide to Curse-Free Crafting over andver again repetitious in some parts The last three chapters were probably the best research into the mind and ther strange things that have ccurred throughout history The mind is a very powerful instrument indeed I wish there was a slightly in depth recount f such an interesting historical event This ne 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 Civil rights, tool of communist deception of the Catholic Church and their crazy superstitions and how theyverly ppressed the people n 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 Cutthroat of two stars Firstf all when this plague An Eastern Orthodox Response to Evangelical Claims occurred it happened in thenly the same place the river valley in the vicinity The Claiming of the Shrew of Strasbourg That to me seems like a pretty clear indicationf environmental factors considering the Catholic Church was Summoned oppressing people pretty much the same everywhere butnly Strasbourgings were dancing But what do I know I don t write ver priced books with verly large font and footnotes that could almost fool you into believing that it was written by someone worthy f scholarly nes. Hts sounds and aromas; the diseases and hardships; the fervent supernaturalism and the desperate hedonism f the late medieval world Based Baghdad, Mon Amour: A Journey of Exile and Return on new evidence he explains why the plagueccurred and how it came to an end In doing so he sheds light Dead Inside on the strangest capabilitiesf the human mind and n ur wn susceptibility to mass hysteria.

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