The blood doctor
Dr Henry Nanther was physician in ordinary to Queen Victoria's haemophiliac son, Prince Leopold. At the end of the 19th century, Nanther's interventional options were extremely restricted; he could do little for his patients. However, he was much loved by the Royal Family and a renowned expert on “the bleeding disease.” He was also obsessed with blood. Almost 100 years later his great grandson, Martin, sets about writing a biography of the eminent doctor, trawling through years' worth of correspondence in search of material. He soon discovers another shocking side to Nanther-he would stop at absolutely nothing in pursuit of his research.
Added to the concept of genetic inheritance is the idea of hereditary peerages. Martin has inherited his great grandfather's peerage but, as he embarks on the biography, the House of Lords Act 1999 is passed, abolishing hereditary peerages-he is to be stripped of his title and his seat