The History was not as beautiful as we read
2 Syphilis was very common in Renaissance Europe
In 1495, a group of French soldiers returned from the New World, and they brought the nasty disease with them. Today we know it as syphilis, the disease was the Renaissance equivalent of the AIDS pandemic. Weeping pustules would explode across people’s faces, hair would fall out or the flesh would be eaten away right down to the bone. There were no hospitals, so, those that caught the “French disease” were left to suffer out in the open. The disease was a good sign of people’s fornication. The patients were suffering from a disease which had no cure and above all this, they were being mocked by the society.