- Paperback : 210 pages
- ISBN-13 : 979-8698126119
- Dimensions : 5 x 0.53 x 8 inches
- Publisher : Notoir Books (October 15, 2020)
- Language: : English
This tale might be just the right thing for the restless Plague-lovers, End-time fetishists and Apocalypse-huggers among you. And if you like dancing, so much the better.
This book about the Black Death and the Dancing Mania will probably be one of the most depressing, horrific true tales you’ll ever read, and it will definitely give you a lively perspective to a real-life nightmare that changed the history of the world.
Justus Friedrich Karl Hecker was one of three generations of distinguished professors of medicine. This account of the Black Death and the Dancing Mania of 1518 was Hecker’s first important work. It was published in 1832, and was followed in the same year by his account of the Dancing Mania.
He wrote a chilling, efficient portrait of two devastating illnesses that ravaged Europe during the Middle Ages and beyond. It’s written from a distant, factual perspective, which removes some of the intimate humanity. He must have thought that with disasterous events that are that dramatic, and on such a massive scale, it’s better not to get too personal.
This book provides answers to questions like: what exactly was the Dancing Mania? It sounds innocent and funny, but it was only funny if people dancing and jumping themselves until they collapsed, is your idea of a merry time. And what caused the Dancing Mania, and why did it come directly after the plague terrorized Europe?