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|Titre :||The Royal Art of Poison : Filthy Palaces, Fatal Cosmetics, Deadly Medicine, and Murder Most Foul|
|Auteurs :||Eleanor Herman|
|Type de document :||texte imprimé|
|Editeur :||St. Martin's Press, 2018|
|Format :||286 p.|
The Story of Poison is the story of power. For centuries, royal families have feared the gut-roiling, vomit-inducing agony of a little something added to their food or wine by rivals to their station. To avoid poison, they depended on tasters, unicorn horns, and antidotes tested on condemned prisoners. Servants licked the royal family's spoons, tried on their underpants, and tested their chamber pots.
Ironically, royals terrified of poison were unknowingly poisoning themselves daily with their cosmetics, medications, and filthy living conditions. Women wore makeup made with mercury and lead. Men rubbed turds on their bald spots. Phsyicians presribed mercury enemas, arsenic skin creams, drinks of lead filings, and potions of human fat and skull, fresh from the executioner. The most gorgeous palaces were little better than filthy latrines.
In The Royal Art of Poison, New York Times bestselling author Eleanor Herman combines her unique access to royal archives with cutting-edge forensic discoveries to tell the true story of Europe's glittering palaces: one of medical bafflement, poisonous cosmetics, festering illness, and, sometimes, murder. Along the way, she analyzes the suspicious deaths of some of the most famous royals in history
|Genre :||Documentaire / Non Fiction|
|Nature (forme/thème) :||Histoire|
|Author's country of origin (fiction/CDs/movies) :||United States|
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