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

by Eleanor Herman Author

Among European royals of centuries past, the story of poison is the story of power. Tales of intrigue, malice, and paranoia are told here with aplomb, alongside the modern forensic evidence that shows us the truth behind suspicious deaths. Many intentional poisonings did occur in the history of conniving city states and crowns, but many more accidental ones took place, as a result of, for instance, the widespread use of lead for centuries in drinking vessels, medicine, and cosmetics, and the unsanitary habits that took place in the most expensive palaces, such as men being advised to rub turds on their bald spots. This fascinating deep dive into the substances that have changed the course of histories will leave you laughing out loud, but also not wanting to ever take the first sip of wine from a new goblet.