The Royal Physicians Visit

The Royal Physicians Visit

Book - 2001
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The Royal Physician's Visit magnificently recasts the dramatic era of Danish history when Johann Friedrich Struensee -- court physician to mad young King Christian -- stepped through an aperture in history and became the holder of absolute power in Denmark. His is a gripping tale of power, sex, love, and the life of the mind, and it is superbly rendered here by Sweden's most acclaimed writer.A charismatic German doctor and brilliant intellectual, Struensee used his influence to introduce hundreds of reforms in Denmark in the 1760s and had a tender and erotic affair with Queen Caroline Mathilde, who was unsatisfied by her unstable, childlike husband. And yet, his ambitions ultimately led to tragedy. This novel, perfect for book clubs, is a compelling look into the intrigues of an Enlightenment court and the life of a singular man.
Publisher: Woodstock, NY : Overlook Press, 2001
Edition: First edition
ISBN: 9781585671960
Characteristics: 312 pages ; 24 cm
Additional Contributors: Nunnally, Tiina 1952-
Alternative Title: Livläkarens besök. English


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Aug 15, 2012

An intriguing description of a mad Danish king and how the king's German physician brings the country to the Enlightenment (for a while). Also contains a love story. Beautifully written translation from the Swedish with a message about the power of ideas.


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