The Royal Art of Poison
For centuries, those in power have feared the gut-roiling, vomit-inducing agony of a little something added to their food or wine by an enemy. To avoid poison, they depended on tasters, unicorn horns and antidotes tested on condemned prisoners. Ironically, royals terrified of poison were unknowingly poisoning themselves daily with their cosmetics, medications and filthy living conditions.
The Royal Art of Poison is a hugely entertaining work of popular history that traces the use of poison as a political and cosmetic tool in the royal courts of Western Europe from the Middle Ages to the Kremlin today.
Author: Eleanor Herman
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