Title

Joseph Grunpeck's Astrological Explanation of the French Disease

Document Type

Book

Role

contributor

Publication

Sins of the Flesh. Responding to Sexual Disease in Early Modern Europe

Publisher

Centre for Reformation and Renaissance Studies

Standard Number

0772720290

First Page

81

Last Page

106

Publication Date

2005

Abstract

In this essay I argue that Grunpeck used his tract on the French Disease (today known as syphillis) to ingratiate himself into the Holy Roman Emperor's court. In this way, Grunpeck's tract, the earliest printed tract on the French Disease, is less a medical text than a skillfully crafted piece of political propaganda and self promotion.--author-supplied description

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