Europe's Physician: The Various Life of Sir Theodore de Mayerne

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Yale University Press, 2006 - 438 pages
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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
1
Early Years 15731598
14
Paris 15981601
30
The Grand Tour 15991601
44
The Chemical Challenge 16011605
60
The German Dimension 16051606
84
Interlude in England 1606
101
8 Protestants and Catholics 16001610
117
Protector of Switzerland 1622
255
The Last Years of King James 16231625
269
Charles I and the Protestant Debacle 16251630
286
A New Regime 16301631
303
Planting a Dynasty 16301639
315
Entrepreneur and Virtuoso
331
The Physician and his Late Years 16401655
349
The Name de Mayerne
369

The Move to England 16101611
140
First Years in England 16111613
162
Sir Thomas Overbury 16121615
178
Secret Agent of King James 16141615
190
Medical Reformer 16151616
206
The Protestant Revolution 16161622
221
Baron dAubonne 16201621
240
Portraits of Mayerne
370
Mayernes Papers
372
Further Reading
375
Bibliographical Abbreviations
377
Notes
379
Index
422
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The late Hugh Trevor-Roper was Regius Professor of History at the University of Oxford. His many previous books include the bestselling biography of Sir Edmund Backhouse, The Hermit of Peking, and The Last Days of Hitler.

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