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The Dancing Congress: The Congress of Vienna in 1814

When Tsar Alexander I fainted during his stay in Vienna in 1814, the initial suspicion was that he had been poisoned. Later, it became clear that the Russian sovereign was suffering from extreme exhaustion as a result of excessive dancing. Alexander, immortalised in Tolstoy’s War and Peace, was the most influential voice at the Congress…
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