King Charles’s head

05 September 2014


From Mr C. D. C. Armstrong
Sir, -The Revd Dr Robert Beaken's suggestion that King Charles I had Asperger's syndrome (Comment, 22 August) was of particular interest to me, not only because I am a historian, but also because I was diagnosed with the condition eight years ago.

While Dr Beaken's suggestion is of some interest, however, I am not sure that the reasons he gives for making it are adequate. He draws attention to the King's inflexibility as indicative of Asperger's; but other types of behaviour would have to be examined before a posthumous diagnosis could be said to be plausible. These include obsessive interests, a need for structure and routine, a desire for sameness, and heightened sensory sensitivity.

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