The Shakespeare Conference: SHK 10.0656  Sunday, 11 April 1999.

From:           Scott Oldenburg <This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.>
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,
Scott Oldenburg

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