A time to dance, a time to die : the extraordinary story of the dancing plague of 1518 / John Waller.

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Published: Thriplow [England] : Frating Green [England] : Icon Books ; Distributed in the UK by TBS, 2008.
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100 1 |a Waller, John,  |d 1972- 
245 1 2 |a A time to dance, a time to die :  |b the extraordinary story of the dancing plague of 1518 /  |c John Waller. 
260 |a Thriplow [England] :  |b Icon Books ;  |a Frating Green [England] :  |b Distributed in the UK by TBS,  |c 2008. 
300 |a xiii, 267 p. :  |b ill., maps ;  |c 21 cm. 
504 |a Includes bibliographical references (p. 215-255) and index. 
520 |a "In July 1518 a terrifying and mysterious plague struck the medieval city of Strasbourg. Hundreds of men and women danced wildly, day after day, in the punishing summer heat. Their feet blistered and bled, and their limbs ached with fatigue, but they simply could not stop. Throughout August and early September more and more were seized by the same terrible compulsion. By the time the epidemic subsided, heat and exhaustion had claimed an untold number of lives, leaving thousands bewildered and bereaved, and an enduring enigma for future generations. This book explains why Strasbourg's dancing plague took place. In doing so, it leads us into a largely vanished world, evoking the sights, sounds, aromas, diseases and hardships, the fervent supernaturalism and the desperate hedonism of the late-medieval world. At the same time, it offers insights into how people behave when driven beyond the limits of endurance. Not only a historical detective story, A Time to Dance, A Time to Die is also an exploration of the strangest capabilities of the human mind and the extremes to which fear and irrationality can lead us."--Book jacket. 
650 0 |a Chorea, Epidemic  |z France  |z Strasbourg  |x History  |y 16th century. 
651 0 |a Strasbourg (France)  |x Social conditions  |y 16th century. 
991 |a 2009-01-08 
992 |a Created by rago, 08/01/2009. Updated by rago, 09/01/2009. 
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952 f f |p For loan  |a University Of Canterbury  |b UC Libraries  |c Central Library  |d Central Library, Level 4  |t 0  |e RC 389 .W198 2008  |h Library of Congress classification  |i Book  |m AU16294920B