The Royal Art of Poison
A hugely entertaining work of pop 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.
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.
Dawn of Legends – Blood of Gods and Royals, Book Four
As humans and monsters clash and royal blood flows, a new age will dawn...
Prince Alexander of Macedon has battled both men and monsters, but his final war will determine his fate...and the future of all mankind. While Macedon's enemies close in from all corners of the earth, Alexander must fulfill one last prophecy that dictates only he –– and he alone –– can ensure humanity's survival against the age of the deadly Spirit Eaters.
As the threads of fate draw Alexander closer to his destiny, an exiled queen will meet a runaway princess, a young sorceress will set the final path of her heart and generals will choose their final battles. Before the light of victory can shine, enemies must become allies, Death must be tamed and hearts must break.
Who will rise and who will die? All is revealed in the epic finale to New York Times bestselling author Eleanor Herman's rich and fantastical Blood of Gods and Royals series.