Both the Hispanists of the nineteenth century and the chroniclers of the Court itself witnessed the disturbing psychiatric illness suffered by the Spanish monarch Felipe V. The doctors of the moment declared that his disorder was due to “vapors”. Both these vapors affected the king, who tried to mount on the horses of the tapestries and came to believe, on one occasion, that he was a frog. Because of his mental illness he also believed that he was under a constant threat of poisoning, but in the case of a king and, therefore, seasoned in the “nobles” …

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