Historical story

A fascinating journey through history in the footsteps of poison

These puzzles had to be solved for several centuries. With the help of modern forensics, Eleanor Herman in her latest book, "The Poison, or How to Get Rid of Your Enemies Kingly" discovers the secrets of the most famous poisonings in the royal courts of Europe.

The history of poisoning is the history of the struggle for power. Members of the royal houses feared the destructive effects of poison, which could be added to their meals by enemies. To prevent poisoning, they used unicorn horns and antidotes tested on convicts, and the services of food testers. The servants licked the monarchs' cutlery, put on their underwear, and tested the potties.

However, terrified of the danger of poisoning, the rulers did not notice that the poison was often hidden in their daily routine. Women used sleepers made of lead and mercury. The men rubbed animal excrement on the balding spots. Doctors prescribed them mercury enemas and arsenic ointments.

How many of the famous, historic murders were actually poisoned? Is poison still popular today at the top of power? You can learn all of this in the book by Eleanor Herman "Poison, or how to get rid of your enemies in a royal way", which was published by the Znak Horyzont publishing house.

The poison did not fade away with the former royal families. She is still present at the top of power. More difficult to detect. More effective. Eagerly used by modern dictators in the fight against political enemies. The poison is still alive and better than ever.

Eleanor Herman in the book "Poison, or how to get rid of your enemies in a royal way" it reveals the history of a poison unknown to us. In his book, he combines excellent knowledge of the royal archives with the latest discoveries in forensic medicine. He tells a story about life in Europe's greatest palaces - about poisonous cosmetics, lethal medicines and cruel murders.