TRUE STORY: Eleanor Herman, author of THE ROYAL ART OF POISON


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Unicorn horns? Rooster dung? Welcome to the paranoia of European Royalty in days gone by. In royal courts obsessed with the threat of poison, kings and queens alike found wild -- and wildly ineffective -- ways to defend themselves against potential murderers. The trouble is, they were already poisoning themselves with their food, clothes, medicine, and even their cosmetics. In this witty and entertaining history, Eleanor Herman introduces us to a world of feces, pus, lice, worms, vermin, and vomit. She takes us on a journey through the awful hygiene of the Middle Ages and tells the story of famous deaths from Mozart and Caravaggio to Napoleon and Edward VI. Were they murdered? Or were their strange deaths simply the natural end in a world before modern medicine? This is a copyrighted podcast solely owned by the Authors on the Air Global Radio Network. Brian Freeman, host of TRUE STORY, is an award-winning author of psychological thrillers. His novel THE NIGHT BIRD was one of the top 20 Kindle bestsellers of 2017. Find out more about him at

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