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Purple Secret: Genes, Madness and the Royal Houses of Europe By John C. G. Rohl

Purple Secret: Genes, Madness and the Royal Houses of Europe
by John C. G. Rohl

Taking advantage of the recent development of DNA sequencing techniques and the new science of 'molecular biology', the authors trace the porphyria strain through the genealogical maze of Europe's royal dynasties and reach the inescapable conclusion that the royal houses of Britain and Europe are still haunted by the ghost of George III.
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Purple Secret: Genes, Madness and the Royal Houses of Europe Summary


In the 1960s a theory was advanced that King George III suffered from a rare incurable blood disorder known as porphyria. It is an inherited disorder, and questions such as were his ancestors or descendents affected also, and with what consequences are addressed. Taking advantage of the developments in DNA sequencing techniques the porphyria strain is traced through the geneological maze of Europe's royal dynasties. This leads the text to the family of the German Kaiser, to the exhumation in Poland of a great-granddaughter of Queen Victoria, and to Patients A and X, present-day descendents of the houses of Hanover and Windsor. In a collaboration between science and history, they reach the conclusion that the royal houses of Britain and Europe are still haunted by the ghost of George III.

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Sku
GOR003531750
Title
Purple Secret: Genes, Madness and the Royal Houses of Europe
Author
Condition
Well Read
Binding type
Hardback
Publisher
Transworld Publishers Ltd
Year published
Number of pages
320
ISBN 10
0593041488
ISBN 13
9780593041482
Prizes
N/A
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