Maniac Chase (1904)

One of the very first screen depictions of the now familiar Napoleon delusion trope — in which a mentally ill person believes themselves to be Napoleon Bonaparte….more

Sketches in Bedlam (1823)

A compendium of glimpses into the personalities and stories of more than 140 mental patients confined to the Bethlem Hospital in the early part of the 19th century….more

Christopher Smart’s Jubilate Agno

The poet Christopher Smart — also known as Kit Smart, Kitty Smart, Jack Smart and, on occasion, Mrs Mary Midnight — was a well known figure in 18th-century Lond…more