|Royal Physician's Visit, the (1999) [Novel]|
by Per Olov Enquist
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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 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 twenty 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 Struensee 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.
Original title: Livläkarens besök
Genre: Fiction→ Historical→ European→ 18th Century
Fiction→ Historical→ European→ Netherlands & Low Countries