Even knowing that I won’t be able to read this book in the next few days (I’ll be away for a conference), I decided to start it in any case.
In the meantime, some historical background: George III of the United Kingdom.
Caroline Mathilde was to become a formidable mixture of Plantagenet passion and her grandmother’s wilfulness, and she would bring her brother King George more heartache than any other of his siblings.
Diderot, himself the son of a doctor, repeatedly insisted, more modestly, that health and happiness always went hand in hand, and made one of the three protagonists of his secretly circulated fable Le Reve d’Alembert , written in 1769, the doctor Bordeau. Doctors, Didetot implied, could be standard bearers for thought and experiment about the nature of man and the society that man moved in and created.
Struensee always had a clutch of friends to advice and support him, mainly fellow German-speakers from the south. But in its swiftness and completeness his was a rise to power unparalleled anywhere in Europe. The malady of the King (Christian) and the love of the Queen (Caroline Mathilde) had placed a nation in his hands.