The Shakespeare Conference: SHK 10.0656 Sunday, 11 April 1999.
From: Scott Oldenburg <
Date: Saturday, 10 Apr 1999 14:55:08 -0700
Subject: Spanish Fleas
Perhaps someone on SHAKSPER can help me with a definition. I have come
across a reference to the "Spanish sickness" and "Spanish fleas"
(1596). Apparently the disease is erroneously referred to as the
"French disease." I am under the impression that the "French disease" is
syphilis. What exactly is the "Spanish disease?" What are "Spanish
fleas?" Any info would be greatly appreciated. Respond to my e-address
above unless you feel the topic is of interest to the whole list.
Thanks in advance,