Dancing to Death in 1518 Strasbourg

There’s been a strange epidemic lately Going amongst the folk, So that many in their madness Began dancing, Which they kept up day and night, Without interruption, Until they fell unconscious. Many have died of it. - A Strasbourg Chronicler The year was 1518. Strasbourg, in modern day France, had recently succumbed to a smallpox... Continue Reading →

The End of Blackbeard

After watching the latest instalment of the Pirates of the Caribbean franchise, Salazar's Revenge, my mind thought of the true stories behind the tale of this ghostly pirate catcher.  Then I read how Blackbeard, or Edward Teach (or Thatch/Tack), was finally curtailed in a brutal scene which could have come straight from the film. Except this was... Continue Reading →

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