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During the sixteenth century close to thirty German dukes, landgraves, and counts, plus one Holy Roman emperor, were known as mad- so mentally disordered that serious steps had to be taken to remove them from office or to obtain medical care for them. This book is the first study these princes, and a few princesses, as a group in context. The result is a flood of new light on the history of Renaissance medicine and of psychiatry, on German politics and in the century of Reformation, and on the shifting Renaissance definitions of madness.
University of Virginia Press
Posted May 5, 2010
The subject of the mad royals of Renaissance Germany deserves better analysis and discussion that this book gives. Presentation is unimaginative and dry. It reads as a text book with little insight into the crazed subjects and the trying times. Author's scope is too narrow, his treatment too methodical. Yet subject is thoroughly researched, the book informative if in a plain way.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.