Work of the Fellows: Monographs

Purple Secret: Genes, “Madness” and the Royal Houses of Europe

By John C. G. Röhl (NHC Fellow, 1997–98) and David Hunt

London: Bantam Press, 1998

From the publisher’s description:

First published in 1998, this is a study, based on DNA sequencing, that traces the porphyria stain through the genealogical maze of Europe's royal dynasties to the present day descendants of the Houses of Hanover and Windsor, and the consequences it might have had on the history of Europe and North America.

Subjects
History / Medicine / Monarchs / Royalty / Diseases / Mental Illness / Families / George III of Great Britain /

Röhl, John C. G. (NHC Fellow, 1997–98). Purple Secret: Genes, "Madness" and the Royal Houses of Europe. By John C. G. Röhl and David Hunt. London: Bantam Press, 1998.