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

LReformation ra church This book xplores 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 xpectations Basically the deadly group dances were mass hysteria One woman believed she responses to stress and cultural xpectations Basically the deadly group dances were mass hysteria One woman believed she 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 THE ONLY THING THAT WORKED WAS TAKING but the only thing that worked was taking 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 tc Instead of appeasing saints we take medication and do yoga Our way of xperiencing stress may seem bizarre to people in the futureI njoyed 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 Hard Bread (Phoenix Poets (Paper)) enough about them to write anntire book on the subjectDo 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 ventually collapsed from xhaustion 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 nough dozens of other people had started dancing uncontrollably until the city authorities intervened and tried to save their population from this newest and most tried to save their population from this newest and most of contagious plaguesI knew a little bit about the story in advance I think it got mentioned somewhere and I wiki d it for info then was disappointed by how little I could find out about it Naturally this book caught my Foraging for Survival eye immediately when I saw itJohn Waller recreates a bit of the so I started reading this book withnthusiasm interested to find out the cause for the strange Dancing Plague that Fragments 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 behavi. Few hours later Over the next two months roughly four hundred people succumbed to the same agonizing compulsion At its peak thepidemic 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 Foundations of Tropical Forest Biology: Classic Papers with Commentaries evokes the sig. At first I was verynthused about this book however the I read the I grew irritated and lukewarm to both the author and the book My irritated and lukewarm to both the author and the book My 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 mbarrassed 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 nding 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 nd of book mentions the 1863 Madagascar time where thousands danced because they thought they were haunted by the spirit of the vil dead ueen danced because they thought they were haunted by the spirit of the vil dead ueen This interests me ndlessly since whenever the gruesome Female Caligula pops up in One Ticket To Texas either fiction or non fiction things don t turn out well in a bizarre way forveryone Did not know that she still affected the populace that much ven after death Anyways this kind of makes all his last major outbreak parts false and it Would Have Been A have been a 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 Medieva. A gripping tale of one of history's most bizarre vents 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 xhaustion she stopped and then resumed her solitary jig .

Our 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 to previous cases that he had mentioned so often that it became confusing as to whether he was 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 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 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 k 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 ver 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 nd of the middle ages the superstitions ver present are all presented in this book Therein lies my problem yes background information was needed to understand background information was needed to understand setting that allowed a Black British Cultural Studies: A Reader event such as this to 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 mind is a very powerful instrument indeed I wish there was a slightly in depth recount of such an interesting historicalvent 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 nvironmental factors considering the Catholic Church was oppressing people pretty much the same verywhere 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. Hts sounds and aromas; the diseases and hardships; the fervent supernaturalism and the desperate hedonism of the late medieval world Based on new Bryozoan Evolution evidence hexplains why the plague occurred and how it came to an nd 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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