Friday, 8 April 2016

A Brief History Of People Who Were Worried They Were Made of Glass

image credit: Gilly Walker

The glass delusion is an external manifestation of a psychiatric disorder recorded in Europe mainly in the late Middle Ages and early modern period (15th to 17th centuries).

People feared that they were made of glass 'and therefore likely to shatter into pieces.' One famous early sufferer was King Charles VI of France who refused to allow people to touch him, and wore reinforced clothing to protect himself from accidental 'shattering.'

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