THE ROYAL ART OF POISON: FILTHY PALACES, FATAL COSMETICS, DEADLY MEDICINE, AND MURDER MOST FOUL, a book by Eleanor Herman, or Poisonous paranoia of the Middle Ages!  » Books  »
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  • As a fan of Eleanor Herman's novels, I couldn't get past her book, THE ROYAL ART OF POISON, even though the subject matter was somewhat different from what I was used to seeing from the author
  • Attempts to prevent poisoning or find out what killed a person caused goosebumps mixed with disgust

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      As a fan of Eleanor Herman’s novels, I couldn’t get past her book, THE ROYAL ART OF POISON, even though the subject matter was somewhat different from what I was used to seeing from the author. Wildly since scholarly writings on the subject often differ in opinion.

      And what better way, then, than one book that includes many opinions?

      The first part of THE ROYAL ART OF POISON includes notes on various poisons’ compositions, mentions the subtleties of serving royal dishes and garments, and talks about


      poisoners. Of course, healers and their prescribed antidotes are not neglected.

      Quite separately, we can talk about dozens and hundreds of tasters! Have you seen the movie ASTERIX AT THE OLYMPIC GAMES, where Julius Caesar demanded a taster for any gift from Brutus? That’s just it.

      How much crap was in ladies’ cosmetics! How many conspiracy theories, one scarier than the other, people came up with, succumbing to fear! Attempts to prevent poisoning or find out what killed a person caused goosebumps mixed with disgust.

      Of course, one feels endlessly sorry for the dogs and other animals that are often involved. To say nothing of the string of healers, who had a special responsibility, for which one could pay with one’s head.

      Almost half of the book is devoted to various historical figures who were poisoning victims. Kings, military leaders, French favorites, even Mozart - each is mentioned in the chapter, with a detailed description of the facts and documents found in the archives.

      It is no secret that Eleanor Herman gathered ...


      • THE ROYAL ART OF POISON: FILTHY PALACES, FATAL COSMETICS, DEADLY MEDICINE, AND MURDER MOST FOUL, a book by Eleanor Herman, or Poisonous paranoia of the Middle Ages!
      materials for the book for 20 years, making her work not so much a set of dry facts but a real investigation. And even if the reader is far from history and does not know all those names, the author provides all the information on a platter.

      Who doesn’t love reading about attention-grabbing scandal-intrigue-investigations? THE ROYAL ART OF POISON can boldly aid in uncovering the intricacies of past medicine and a historical window into what people were willing to do to get their way.

      And just

      when it seems that the book is over, the reader is treated to a wonderful section called PICK YOUR Poison, describing the various poisons, their effects, and their symptoms. The author jokingly suggests picking what you like best from the variety.

      You never know what happens in life, do you? Someone is bound to be pissed off by that neighbor with the drill at seven in the morning! Please write in your comments. Maybe the true heirs of Catherine de Medici are lurking among us.




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