The Life of Theodore de Mayerne

464pp 8 PLATES 2006 LIST PRICE: £25.00 B636



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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. Perhaps the most ambitious and original of all Trevor-Roper's books, this work 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.
If you want to be reminded that the purpose of a great history book . . . is to transform how you see the world around you, then you should read this last relic of a lost age. Great history books are few and far between. This is one. TIMES LITERARY SUPPLEMENT