The Resource Mad princes of renaissance Germany, H.C. Erik Midelfort

Mad princes of renaissance Germany, H.C. Erik Midelfort

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Mad princes of renaissance Germany
Title
Mad princes of renaissance Germany
Statement of responsibility
H.C. Erik Midelfort
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Subject
Language
eng
Summary
Early in 1582 his princely grace Duke Wilhelm the Younger of Braunschweig-Luneburg took to roaming the streets at night, shooting off pistols at imaginary enemies and shouting into the dark. His advisers ordered him confined, but in August of that year he attacked his devoted wife, Dorothea, with a pair of tailor's shears. What was to be done? Wilhelm was in good company. During the sixteenth century close to thirty German dukes, landgraves, margraves, and counts, plus one Holy Roman emperor, were known as mad - so mentally disordered that serious steps had to be taken to remove them from office or to obtain medical care for them. This book is the first to study these princes (along with a few princesses) as a group and in context. The result is a flood of new light on the history of Renaissance medicine and of psychiatry, on German politics in the century of the Reformation, and on the shifting Renaissance definitions of madness. With an acute ear for the nuances of sixteenth-century diagnosis, H.C. Erik Midelfort details the expansion of a learned medical vocabulary with which contemporaries could describe these demented monarchs, as we watch the rise to prominence of the "melancholy prince." He also documents the transition from the brutal deposition of mad princes during the late Middle Ages to the imposition of medical therapy by the middle of the sixteenth century, taking note of the competing claims of medicine and theology. Mad Princes of Renaissance Germany takes a new look at the issues raised in Michel Foucault's Madness and Civilization and provides an alternative framework of interpretation. A variety of professional and institutional discourses competed for dominance over Renaissance princes who were considered mad, and an amazingly broad spectrum of therapeutic options - from herbal baths to the application of dog entrails to the inducement of hemorrhoids - were open to relatives and courtiers seeking to stave off a constitutional crisis by curing the monarch of his madness. As historians of psychiatry will appreciate, Midelfort's attention to Renaissance diagnostic categories suggests how modern diagnoses inform the perception and experience of mental illness. Students of political theory will be intrigued by the implications of madness for the legitimacy of the state. And the general reader is invited to visit a lively gallery of Renaissance rulers, caught up in a variety of psychic and moral dilemmas that ultimately pushed them over the edge
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Biography type
contains biographical information
Cataloging source
DLC
http://library.link/vocab/creatorName
Midelfort, H. C. Erik
Dewey number
616.89/00943/09031
Illustrations
illustrations
Index
index present
LC call number
RC450.G3
LC item number
M53 1994
Literary form
non fiction
Nature of contents
bibliography
NLM call number
  • 1994 E-984
  • WM 11 GG4
NLM item number
M6m 1994
Series statement
Studies in early modern German history
http://library.link/vocab/subjectName
  • Psychiatry
  • Princes
  • Princes
  • Germany
  • Germany
  • Mental Disorders
  • Psychiatry
  • Famous Persons
  • History, 16th Century
Label
Mad princes of renaissance Germany, H.C. Erik Midelfort
Instantiates
Publication
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references (pages 163-192) and index
Carrier category
volume
Carrier category code
nc
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type code
txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Contents
1. Against the Madisonian Round of Reform -- 2. A Power and Privilege Called Liberty and Right: Debtors and Trial by Jury -- 3. The Interposition of 1798 and the Emergence of the Old Republicans -- 4. A Shield of Liberty: Pendleton's and Roane's Court of Appeals -- 5. The Fairfax Litigation: A Model in Anti-Constitutional Law -- 6. Against the "Era of Good Feelings" Round of Reform -- 7. Virginia's Plea for a Separate Realm
Control code
ocm29184360
Dimensions
24 cm.
Extent
xii, 204 pages
Isbn
9780813914862
Lccn
93039116
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
n
Other physical details
illustrations
System control number
(OCoLC)29184360
Label
Mad princes of renaissance Germany, H.C. Erik Midelfort
Publication
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references (pages 163-192) and index
Carrier category
volume
Carrier category code
nc
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type code
txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Contents
1. Against the Madisonian Round of Reform -- 2. A Power and Privilege Called Liberty and Right: Debtors and Trial by Jury -- 3. The Interposition of 1798 and the Emergence of the Old Republicans -- 4. A Shield of Liberty: Pendleton's and Roane's Court of Appeals -- 5. The Fairfax Litigation: A Model in Anti-Constitutional Law -- 6. Against the "Era of Good Feelings" Round of Reform -- 7. Virginia's Plea for a Separate Realm
Control code
ocm29184360
Dimensions
24 cm.
Extent
xii, 204 pages
Isbn
9780813914862
Lccn
93039116
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
n
Other physical details
illustrations
System control number
(OCoLC)29184360

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