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Syphilis in Renaissance Europe and in Shakespeares Measure for Measure References to venereal disease appear as early in the second scene of Shakespeares Measure for Measure Syphilis the primary and most horrible of venereal diseases ran rampant in Shakespeares time By giving a brief history of the disease in Renaissance Europe one can gain a better understanding of the disease which will provide a greater insight into the play which would have gone unknown This brief history will include the severity of the disease in fifteenth and sixteenth century Europe believed origins and symptoms of the time period and methods of curing or combating the disease By reading and analyzing passages referring to syphilis in Measure for Measure it is clear that Shakespeare himself believed in most of the truths established by the poet and physician Fracastor Fracastor was the primary source and influence regarding studies of syphilis in Renaissance Europe The disease we now commonly identify as syphilis is believed to have arrived in Europe for the first time in the late fifteenth century Though there are few statistics from that period available to prove such an argument there is plenty of evidence that supports that the disease suddenly emerged in great abundance during this time period It is also believed that syphilis was much more severe then than it has ever been since Zinsser writes in his book Rats Lice and History that There is little doubt that when syphilis first appeared in epidemic form at the beginning of the sixteenth century it was a far more virulent acute and factual condition than it is now Rosebury 23 The first time syphilis called evil pocks at the time was mentioned in print occurred on August 7 1495 in the Edict of the Holy Roman Emperor Maximilian In this document syphilis was believed to be a punishment sent from God for blasphemy and was described
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