Excerpts from the book «The Royal Art of Poison»

Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates (Egyptian News Vision) British History website Extra These are some excerpts from The Royal Art of Poison, about some of the strangest practices of British royal families throughout history.

1- Henry VIII had people kissing his bed linen

The kings were not only worried about what they ate and feared being poisoned.

For thousands of years, connoisseur kings had been used to test their covers, and men preparing Henry VIII's bed had to kiss every part of the blankets, pillows and blankets they had touched, to prove that they had not stained them with poison.

The king was also concerned that his enemies might try to poison the clothes of his son Edward.

So the prince was not wearing the new clothes immediately after coming from the tailor, they had to be washed and ventilated in front of the stove first, to remove any harmful substances.

Before the prince wore anything - clothes, socks, shirt, or vest - his servants tested it.

Either by rubbing their inner and outer layers on their skin, or by dressing a boy of the same size as Edward and waiting to see if the child will scream as his skin erodes because of the poison.

2- Elizabeth I had used the bodies of cosmetic formulations that criminals As the Virgin Queen, Elizabeth has not experienced the risk of dying during childbirth or suffering pregnancy complications.

In fact, her only serious illness was a severe, almost fatal infection of smallpox in 1562, at the age of 29, which caused her skin to be pitted.

She did not know that her efforts to conceal the damage may have taken a few years out of her life.

At those times, flawless skin was not just a matter of beauty. They were distortions of any kind, interpreted as evidence of God's wrath about sin, or as a result of inner confusion with bad thoughts.

For example, lewd fantasy fantasies were thought to “erupt up” from sensitive areas of the body to the face.

Some women resorted to the smallpox dam with a mixture of turpentine, beeswax and even human fats.

Human fat could have been bought from the local perfumer (or, without the need for a middleman), directly from the executioner of the city, which is fragmented from the bodies of convicted, fresh criminals.

To add a few colors over her white lead and arsenic mask, Queen Elizabeth added the scarlet.

By placing dried vermilion containing mercury on her cheeks and lips. In other words, the queen wrapped her face with a wide variety of toxic substances every day.

4- Washing is dangerous By the end of the 3rd century, the 11 Roman aqueducts in Rome were feeding 1212 public fountains and 926 public baths.

But in 537 AD, the Goths invaders cut these aqueducts, which made bathing more difficult.

The early Catholic Church, which ran many of the day-to-day work of Rome in this turbulent period, had no idea how to repair the canals, and thus declared that bathing should be curtailed, however, because it was a form of sinful doctrine of pagans.

Over time, doctors began to believe that bathing was dangerous, very dangerous, in fact, so many people consulted astrologers to determine the most appropriate blessing for bathing.

In the sixteenth century, a famous book at this time, entitled “This is the Myrour or Glasse of Helth,” was offered his advice: “Do not bathe or eat boiled soup, and avoid excessive sweating, because all this opens the pores of the body and makes "The toxic air enters it and spoils the blood."

In the late 15th century, Queen Isabella of Spain boasted that she had bathed only twice throughout her life. It was also reported that Queen Elizabeth I bathed once a month, "whether she needed it or not." Her successor, James VI and I, had a great aversion to water and reportedly never bathe.

One woman court worker once complained that she and her friends were "severely lice, because they sat in the room of counselors frequented by James."

James did not even wash his hands before eating. At the dinner table, he was "just rubbing the end of his fingers gently with a wet handkerchief."

"So I look forward to getting your blessing and kissing your dirty hands," once wrote his beloved Duchess of Buckingham in one of her letters to the king.

4- Some kings eat cannibalism In the past, parts of the human body, called “Mumia”, were often sold to pharmacies and doctors by the town's torturers.

Doctors believe that some of the essence of life force remained in the body after death, especially in the case of executions or accidents in which life was suddenly robbed of a healthy young man.

The rest of the deceased's normal age can then be absorbed by the person who consumes his body parts.

We know from court records that many kings - Charles II, William II of England, Francois I of France, and Christian IV of Denmark - were actually cannibals when it came to their medicines.

It is not known whether Elizabeth I had consumed human parts or not, because two of her favorite royal doctors were warmly recommending them to their other patients.

When James I, King of England, suffered gout from 1616, his doctor Theodore de Meyern recommended a "joint treatment powder consisting of untapped human skull remains, herbs, white wine and whey, taken at full moon."

5- The Spanish royal family slept with parts of the remains of the saints

Many historical medical prescriptions included a large dose of religious rituals: prayer, fasting, confession of sins, and helping the poor.

Given this, it was thought that God would surely look gently at the sick person and graciously heal him. In this regard, the Spanish royal family, which kept the remains of the saints under its control with great appreciation, took these myths to the extreme.

For centuries, whenever a member of the royal family became seriously ill, doctors transported parts of the remains of the saints - and sometimes the entire body - from churches and monasteries and put him in bed with the patient.

This story makes us imagine a young, gentle princess, who wakes up from the fever and turns her head, to see a smiling skull lying next to her.

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