In July of 1518, dancing mania – a phenomenon that occurred across Europe for several centuries – hit Strasbourg, Alsace (France). Approximately four-hundred people danced themselves to exhaustion, and even to their deaths.
The plague began when a woman named Mrs Troffea began to dance in the street.
At the time, it was decided that the people could be cured with more dancing, and so musicians were hired to encourage them – which resulted in more deaths.
One modern-day theory suggest that consumption of fungi containing psychoactive chemicals (similar to LSD) was to blame. Mass hysteria has also been suggested.
The prince circa 1500, and a portrait thought to be Catherine, circa 1502.
On the 4th of November, 1501, Arthur, Henry the Eighth’s older brother, met his future wife. Catherine of Aragon had been communicating with Arthur via letters written in Latin, and yet when they met they discovered they spoke the language differently and couldn’t understand each other.
Both were fifteen at the time of their meeting. They married ten days later.
The prince would die in April the following year, leaving Henry to go on to become king, as well as to marry his wife.