Contents: Part I Introduction: Healing performance and ceremony in the writings of three physicians; The brothers Felix Platter (1536-1614) and Thomas Platter (1574-1628); Hippolytus Guarinonius (1571-1654). Part II Ceremony and Festival: 'Christian fools with varnish'd faces'; Jewish traditions and ceremonies in Montpellier and Avignon; Physicians at court festivals; Commedia dell'arte costumes at a German court wedding of 1598. Part III Healers and Performers: Queen Elizabeth, Shakespeare and English actors in Europe; Marketplace healers and performers; Medicine, magic and superstition; Performing monsters. Part IV Performing Healing: Commedia dell'Arte Quack Troupes: A new identification for 'Zan Bragetta': Giovanni Paulo Alfieri; Quack performances in Guarinonius's Grewel; Marketing medicine, exemplifying folly: lazzi and the deadly sins; Physical, mental and spiritual; health: stage fools in a medical treatise. Part V Source Texts: Felix Platter: the 1598 wedding of Johann Georg, Count of Hohenzollern and Franziska, Countess of Salm; Thomas Platter in Avignon: Jewish life and a performing quack troup in 1598; Hippolytus Guarinonius's Grewel: 35 commedia dell'arte lazzi; Bibliography; Index.
M.A. Katritzky is the Barbara Wilkes Research Fellow in Theatre Studies in the English Department of The Open University, UK, and author of The Art of Commedia: A study in the commedia dell'arte 1560-1620 with special reference to the visual records (2006) and Women, Medicine and Theatre 1500-1750: Literary Mountebanks and Performing Quacks (2007).