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The royal art of poison : filthy palaces, fatal cosmetics, deadly medicine, and murder most foul
Herman, Eleanor, 1960- author.
First edition.
Publication Information:
New York, NY : St. Martin's Press, 2018.

Physical Description:
xiii, 286 pages, 16 unnumbered pages of plates : color portraits ; 25 cm
Traces the history of poison in centuries of royal courts, from the intentional posionings to the unintentional side effects of commonly used makeup and medications.
Part I. Poison, poison, everywhere. Poison from the banquet table to the royal underpants -- Unicorn horns and rooster dung : poison detectors and antidotes -- Dying to be beautiful : dangerous cosmetics -- Murderous medicine : mercury enemas and rat turd elixirs -- Putrid palaces : a poisoned environment -- Part II. The poison chronicles : where rumors of royal poisoning meet scientific analysis. Henry VII of Luxembourg, Holy Roman Emperor, 1275-1313 -- Cangrande della Scala, Italian warlord, 1291-1329 -- Agnes Sorel, mistress of King Charles VII of France, 1422-1450 -- Edward VI, King of England, 1537-1553 -- Jeanne d'Albret, Queen of Navarre, 1528-1572 -- Eric XIV, King of Sweden, 1533-1577 -- Ivan IV, the Terrible, Czar of Russia, 1530-1584; his mother, Elena Glinskaya, ca. 1510-1538; and his first wife, Anastasia Romanovna, 1530-1560 -- Grand Duke Francesco de Medici of Tuscany, 1541-1587, and Grand Duchess Bianca Cappello, 1548-1587 -- Gabrielle d'Estrées, mistress of King Henri IV of France, 1573-1599 -- Tycho Brahe, astronomer and imperial mathematician, 1546-1601 -- Michelangelo Merisi da Caravaggio, artist to Italy's elite, 1572-1610 -- Henry Stuart, Prince of Wales, 1594-1612 -- Sir Thomas Overbury, royal adviser at the court of James I, 1581-1613 -- Princess Henrietta Stuart of England, Duchesse d'Orléans, 1644-1670 -- Mademoiselle de Fontanges, mistress of Louis XIV of France, 1661-1681, and the affair of the poisons -- Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart, imperial court musician, 1756-1791 -- Napoleon Bonaparte, Emperor of France, 1769-1821 -- Part III. Poison in the modern era. Scientific advances in the Victorian age -- The democratization of poison -- Modern Medicis : the rebirth of political poison -- The royal art of living and dying -- Pick your poison -- The poison hall of fame.
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