Marquise Marie Melanie d’Hervilly
I’m in suspense after the first few pages; yes, I’m a sucker for a good romance! an artist and a poet of considerable reputation in Paris and a member of one of the oldest noble families in France, dressed as a man and rode in a carriage for FIFTEEN DAYS to consult a doctor about severe abdominal pain that she had been experiencing for three years. She had been fascinated by Homeopathy and had recently heard about Hahnemann and his revolutionary new system of medicine. A French translation of Hahnemann’s Organon had been published in Paris and Melanie had happened to read it. It resonated with Melanie’s perception of life and she said “the sun of the true medicine had risen for me”. The Organon seemed to provide her with hope not only for a cure for her own personal illness, but also for the satisfaction of her life long fascination with medicine. Having read the Organon, Melanie wished to meet and talk to its author and so she went to Kothen where Hahnemann lived with his three daughters (his wife and another daughter had parished). Melanie met with Hahnemann for the first time on October 8, 1834 for a professional consultation. Things, however, took an unexpected turn and within three days of meeting, Hahnemann proposed to Melanie, and she accepted. She was 34 and he was 79 years old. I’m on the edge of my seat…can’t wait to read about how this romance unfolded…!