A friend of mine introduced me to the British TV series “Horrible Histories”. The show is designed for youth but offers a lot to be learned for adults as well, especially if one thinks history is boring.
In Eleanor Herman’s The Royal Art of Poison, Herman takes “Horrible Histories” one step further. People defecating anywhere they could find in royal palaces, sewage up to people’s heads in basements, poor medical treatment, murder most foul, no antibiotics.
How did humanity survive? How did we get here? Why was the movie Amadeus so wrong?
Herman goes through the lives, final days and hours, and the post mortems of many of history’s big names: Henry VII, Napoleon, many mistresses, Caravaggio, and many more.
Cosmetics haven’t changed much either.
Having a bad day? Read this book and you’ll feel much better.