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A time to dance, a time to die : the extraordinary story of the dancing plague of 1518

Author: John Waller
Publisher: Thriplow [England] : Icon Books, 2008.
Edition/Format:   Print book : EnglishView all editions and formats
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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.
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Genre/Form: History
Additional Physical Format: Online version:
Waller, John, 1972-
Time to dance, a time to die.
Thriplow [England] : Icon Books, 2008
(OCoLC)760908655
Material Type: Internet resource
Document Type: Book, Internet Resource
All Authors / Contributors: John Waller
ISBN: 9781848310216 1848310218
OCLC Number: 225871644
Awards: Short-listed for Dingle Prize 2009
Description: xiii, 267 pages : illustrations, maps, portrait ; 21 cm
Contents: Signs of the times --
Plagues and priests --
Hard times --
The death dance --
The mystery of Frau Troffea's dance --
Trance fever --
Of music and hot blood --
Lords of the dance --
Volte face --
Holy magic --
Aftermath --
Death of a curse --
The mind incarnate --
Charcot's error.
Responsibility: John Waller.
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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.  Read more...

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`Waller's book should interest both historians and scientists, while the general reader will enjoy his colourful depictions of medieval life.' -- BBC Focus Magazine `An interesting and enjoyable Read more...

 
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