The Madness of Crowds
Extraordinary Popular Delusions and the Madness of Crowds (1841) is a remarkable compendium of mass hysterias, written by the Scottish curmudgeon Charles Mackay.
Alasdair (half-Scottish curmudgeon) takes James on a tour of the stand-out fads, fancies and follies: from Dutch tulip-fanciers, via slow-poisoners, to some cracking haunted house scams. Brace yourself for chilling tales of faux-ghosts. (Fhosts.)
The Loremen are Alasdair Beckett-King & James Shakeshaft.
Featured image from The Bubblers’ Medley, 1720, as reproduced in Extraordinary Popular Delusions and the Madness of Crowds, 1841.
Music from La Lettre De Manon Valse played by Megone’s Orchestra, 1905.