Love & Other Madness . . . by Dawn LeBlanc
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While the flower symbolism associated with the tulip is both fame and perfect love, the tulip itself was the subject of a period of “madness” in the 16th century in the Netherlands, shortly after it’s introduction from the Ottoman Empire in the mid-16th century when it became very popular. Tulip mania was a period in the Dutch Golden Age during which tulip prices for bulbs reached extraordinarily high prices, and then suddenly collapsed. Popularized in 1841 by the book Extraordinary Popular Delusions and the Madness of Crowds, written by Charles Mackay, at one point as much as 12 acres of land was traded for a single tulip bulb. Supposedly many investors were ruined by the collapse in prices and Dutch commerce suffered a severe shock. Love or madness, the tulip has become one of the most beloved of flowers.