Europe's Physician: The Various Life of Sir Theodore de Mayerne
Yale University Press, 2006 - 438 pages
Among the papers of Hugh Trevor-Roper, who died in 2003, was a manuscript to which he had repeatedly turned for more than thirty years, but never published. Attracted by the diverse life and vivid personality of Sir Theodore de Mayerne (1573-1655), the most famous physician in Europe of his time, Trevor-Roper pursued him across national and intellectual frontiers to uncover the details of his extraordinary life.
Exploring an array of English and European sources, Trevor-Roper reveals the story of the pioneering Swiss Huguenot doctor who mixed medicine with diplomacy, with political intrigue, with secret intelligence, and with artistic interests at the courts first of Henry IV of France and then of James I and Charles I of England. A true "renaissance man," Mayerne's interests were broad, and due to considerable conspiratorial talent, he became a participant in bluff and intrigue at the highest levels.
The most ambitious and perhaps the most original of all Trevor-Roper's books, written in his luminous prose, this is a major work of political and intellectual history that presents a whole period in a fresh and vivid light.
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Mayerne and his World
Early Years 15731598
The Grand Tour 15991601
The Chemical Challenge 16011605
The German Dimension 16051606
Interlude in England 1606
8 Protestants and Catholics 16001610
Protector of Switzerland 1622
The Last Years of King James 16231625
Charles I and the Protestant Debacle 16251630
A New Regime 16301631
Planting a Dynasty 16301639
Entrepreneur and Virtuoso
The Physician and his Late Years 16401655
The Name de Mayerne
The Move to England 16101611
First Years in England 16111613
Sir Thomas Overbury 16121615
Secret Agent of King James 16141615
Medical Reformer 16151616
The Protestant Revolution 16161622
Baron dAubonne 16201621
afterwards Agrippa d'Aubigne alchemical ambassador apothecaries Aubonne Baillif Berne Briot brother Calvinist cantons Cardinal Casaubon Catholic Cecil Charles chemical medicine Chesne and Mayerne Chesne's Church Colladon controversy court cure death diplomatic document Duc de Bouillon Duc de Rohan Duke of Savoy Earl Elector Palatine England English Ephemerides faculty famous father Fonds francais foreign French Galen Geneva Germany grand Henri Henri IV Hermetic Hippocrates honour Huguenot Ibid interest Isaac Casaubon Jean King James King of France king's L'Estoile later learned letter Libavius London Lord Louis Turquet Lyon Marie de Medicis Mayerne Mayerne wrote Mayerne's medecin ordinaire Montpellier Moulin Overbury Palatine Paracelsian Paracelsus Paris patient patron Paulmier physician Pierre Pierre du Moulin political premier medecin Prince Protestant Protestantism published queen recorded Riolan Riviere Rohan royal doctors secret seems sent Sloane MSS Spain Switzerland Theodore de Mayerne Trougny Venice write