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Hans-Dieter Otto -
ISBN: 978-3-7995-0443-0
Hardcover with dust jacket
248 pages
with illustrations
Format 14 x 22 cm
EUR 24.99
Sold: Lithuanian, Polish, Czech, Latvian

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Our King is Crazy!

Mad Rulers from Caligula to Ludwig II
Caligula – Nero – Charles VI of France – Henry VI of England – Joana of Castile – Eric XIV of Sweden – George III of England – Christian VII of Denmark – Ludwig II of Bavaria
In drawings or paintings of »insane asylums« from earlier centuries we can see how chained, mentally deranged prisoners were held like animals under the supervision of »taskmasters« in inhumane conditions. With contorted faces and wide open or rolled eyes, they vegetate apathetically, a gruesome vision of abject misery that isn’t easily forgotten. Everywhere in the world and at the most diverse times there have been mentally ill people, from antiquity until modernity. Some of them were famous and powerful rulers – often with fatal consequences for their subjects.

In his book, Hans-Dieter Otto examines nine cases of famous rulers who were considered by their contemporaries to be mad. Using these examples, he explains how mental illness was dealt with in their time period and what effect their illness had on the politics of their respective countries.
a history of how mental illness has been handled by means of case studies
clearly written, fascinating to read
well-known author
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