The Dancing Plague of Medieval Europe

In the early years of the 16th century, one of the most bonkers and truly odd events in history took place. In the Holy Roman Empire, in modern-day France, there was a spontaneous outbreak of….dancing. Seriously, dancing. This wasn’t just a Medieval nightclub though, the dancing spread throughout the towns and countryside, going on forContinue reading “The Dancing Plague of Medieval Europe”

Bedlam Hospital

Guest Post by Sherry Michaels Perry Bedlam: The Dark Past Bedlam or Bethlem Royal Hospital in England has a dark and gruesome past. Founded in 1247 by the Italian Bishop Goffredo de Prefetti and built directly over an overflowing sewer was initially intended as a place to collect alms. The monks who worked there wouldContinue reading “Bedlam Hospital”