Medieval Mental Health

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What mental health issues affected my villain?


I had a fun week, doing what I love… research.


To build believable worlds, I have to immerse myself in my characters’ minds and see what they see and feel what they feel.We are a few weeks away from the launch of The Fire Within the Storm. I offered my launch team a free psychological profile on my villain, King Radolf. So I wanted my profile to feel like the real thing. The launch team will read the review copy and will post reviews on Amazon, Good Reads, and their blogs. I wanted to produce something that will be worthy of their time and better help them understand this character.I have hinted at some of King Radolf’s traumas in book 1, The Last of the Silver Wings, but in the Fire Within the Storm (Book 2 of the Chronicles of Nadine) he makes several bold moves that seem counterintuitive to his goals.King Radolf’s advisers become concerned with his obsession with Lady Christine. He seems to be diverted from his overall mission, and it made me wonder how many medieval rulers suffered from mental illness. I found a list of Medieval rulers who scholars believe suffered from mental illness.  Scroll down to the bottom of the newsletter to get the list.


To plan this profile, I delved into the world of psychology. Some of my readers know that I loosely based King Radolf on Adolf Hitler. So one of my stop offs in my research journey was to check out what psychologists said about Hitler.This led me down the path of researching psychopaths, narcissists and sociopaths. I even went down the path of serial killers. It was interesting to find that for every 10 male serial killers, there is only 1 female serial killer. In medieval times, if you were a king, you did not need to hide behind a facade.Many of them just organised a mass killing spree against their enemies. With indentured servants and boys leaving home to train as squires, disappearance was not something that created too much fuss. So a serial killer did not have to play as much cat and mouse with the authorities and modern serial killers.


One thing that jumped out was the poor relationships that many darker and criminal minds often have with their fathers. I see the research as an opportunity for and women embrace the role of the father. Instead of reacting to the bad press that fathers get, we can respond by uplifting and encouraging fathers.Fathers are more powerful than they know, and it is when we encourage men to rise to the challenge of moulding our children positively, that we can get transformation. 


I am a mother of three and while I think it is foolish to pretend that I agree with everything my husband says; I have a responsibility to my children to teach them to see their father from a positive and balanced perspective.I can not expect my son to become a good father and husband if I do not support my husband in his role.On the reverse side of the coin I see several people who blindly accept any form of discipline from fathers who are nothing more than bullies, because of a fear of not showing respect to the father.Somewhere there must be a balance between respect for authority, which is a healthy response and correction when we as parents make mistakes