January 28, 1393: the mentally unstable young French King Charles VI demands that his courtiers dress as shaggy-haired “wild men” and dance in a “diabolical frenzy” while holding flaming torches. Their resin-soaked suits catch fire before a horrified court, killing four of the highest noblemen in France. After the carnage, Charles VI, who survived, was revealed to be one of the wild men. King Charles began to believe that he was made of glass and often ran “howling like a wolf down the corridors of the royal palaces.” (via)
Artworks: 1) The Master of Anthony of Burgundy, 1470s. 2) Detail from illuminated miniature by Jean Froissart, 1470-72.