Eleanor Herman - The Royal Art of Poison: Filthy Palaces, Fatal Cosmetics, Deadly Medicine, and Murder Most Foul

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In popular histories such as Sex with Kings and Sex with the Queen, Herman kept readers riveted with true stories of power, murder, and revenge. Now she adds poison to the mix, showing how dangerous it was to be part of court life in medieval Western Europe. Using royal archives as well as modern forensic research, Herman catalogs the deadly ingredients that could be slipped into food, drink, or clothing. She describes the royal families’ use of tasters to foil murder plots and their recruitment of convicts as guinea pigs for possible antidotes. Deliberately introduced or not, toxins were everywhere, and Herman paints a horribly fascinating picture of unsanitary quarters, unwashed bodies teeming with lice, makeup laced with lead, mercury, and arsenic, and medications concocted from the renderings of freshly executed prisoners.

 

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$27.99
ISBN: 9781250140869
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Published: St. Martin's Press - June 12th, 2018

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