Europe's Physician

Europe's Physician

The Various Life of Sir Theodore De Mayerne

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Documents the life of the Swiss-Huguenot doctor, Theodore de Mayerne, who worked in the courts of Henry IV of France and then James I and Charles I of England.

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This posthumously published biography--Trevor-Roper (history, Oxford U.) died in 2003--documents the life of Dr. Maynere (1573-1655), the most famous European physician of his day. Considered the "second Hippocrates," this Swiss-Huguenot doctor blended medicine with diplomatic intrigue and interests in the arts in the courts of Henry IV of France and James I and Charles I of England. The biographer, the son of a UK doctor, presents a wide lens on the relationship of medicine to society; e.g., he notes that previous accounts fail to take into account the influence of religious persecution on Dr. Maynere's peripatetic career. Annotation ©2007 Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (

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.

Publisher: New Haven [Conn.] ; London : Yale University Press, c2006
ISBN: 9780300112634
Characteristics: xii, 438 p., [8] p. of plates : ill. ; 24 cm


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