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Eleanor Herman: The Royal Art of Poison

August 23, 2018

The royal courts of  Renaissance Europe (and later) were filthy places. Food was often spoiled, sanitation was primitive, and even a woman’s make-up was toxic. There was also a decent chance that you would be purposely poisoned by a professional. So how could you tell if the royal mistress died of “natural causes” or was the victim of court intrigue? On this episode of Inquiry, we welcome writer, historian, and television host ELEANOR HERMAN will offer some clues. She will be discussing her new book THE ROYAL ART OF POISON: FILTHY PALACES, FATAL COSMETICS, DEADLY MEDICINE, AND MURDER MOST FOUL.