Set in Denmark in the 1760s, The Royal Physician's Visit
magnificently recasts the dramatic era of Danish history when
Johann Friedrich Struensee, a German doctor from Altona, student of
Enlightenment philosophers Diderot and Voltaire, and court
physician to mad young King Christian, stepped through the aperture
history had opened for him and became for two years the holder of
absolute power in Denmark.
Dr. Struensee, tall, handsome, and charismatic, introduced
hundreds of reforms, many of which would become hallmarks of the
French Revolution 20 years later, including freedom of the press
and improvement of the treatment of the peasantry. He also took
young Queen Caroline Mathilde -- unsatisfied by her unstable,
childlike husband -- as his mistress. He was a brilliant
intellectual and brash reformer, yet Streunsee lacked the cunning
and subtlety of a skilled politician and, most tragically, lacked
the talent to choose the right enemies at court, a flaw which would
lead to his torture and execution.
An international sensation sold in 15 countries, The Royal
Physician's Visit is a view from the seat of absolute power, a
gripping tale, vividly and entertainingly told. Enquist's talent is
in full force as he brilliantly explores the connections that will
always run between political theory and practice, power, sex, love,
and the life of the mind.
|Country of origin:
Per Olov Enquist
||236 x 160 x 29mm (L x W x T)
||Hardcover - Sewn / Cloth over boards / With dust jacket
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