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Royal ruptures: Caroline of Ansbach and the politics of illness in the 1730s

Royal ruptures: Caroline of Ansbach and the politics of illness in the 1730s

Jones, Emrys D. (2011) Royal ruptures: Caroline of Ansbach and the politics of illness in the 1730s. Medical Humanities, 37 (1). pp. 13-17. ISSN 1468-215X (Print), 1473-4265 (Online) (doi:10.1136/jmh.2010.005819)

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Abstract

Caroline of Ansbach, wife of George II, occupied a crucial position in the public life of early 18th-century Britain. She was seen to exert considerable influence on the politics of the court and, as mother to the Hanoverian dynasty's next generation, she became an important emblem for the nation's political well-being. This paper examines how such emblematic significance was challenged and qualified when Caroline's body could no longer be portrayed as healthy and life giving. Using private memoirs and correspondence from the time of her death in 1737, the paper explores the metaphorical potential of the queen's strangulated hernia, as well as the particular problems it posed for the public image of her dynasty. Through these investigations, the paper will comment upon the haphazard nature of public discussion in the early 18th century, and reveal the complex relationship between political speculation and medical diagnosis.

Item Type: Article
Additional Information: [1] Published Online First 21 February 2011. [2] Published in Medical Humanities, June 2011, Volume 37, Issue 1.
Uncontrolled Keywords: cultural history, history of medicine, literature and medicine, monarchy, eighteenth century history
Subjects: D History General and Old World > DA Great Britain
R Medicine > R Medicine (General)
Pre-2014 Departments: School of Humanities & Social Sciences
School of Humanities & Social Sciences > English Research Group
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Selected for GREAT 2017: None
Selected for GREAT 2018: None
URI: http://gala.gre.ac.uk/id/eprint/5054

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