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Eleanor Herman



Sigrid Estrada

Sponsored by BIO5

Eleanor Herman is the author of "Sex with Kings," "Sex with the Queen" and several other works of popular history. In her new book "The Royal Art of Poison: Filthy Palaces, Fatal Cosmetics, Deadly Medicine, and Murder Most Foul," 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, ever-present excrement, festering natural illness and, sometimes, murder.

She has hosted Lost Worlds for The History Channel, The Madness of Henry VIII for the National Geographic Channel, and is now filming her second season of America: Fact vs. Fiction for The American Heroes Channel. Herman, who happily dresses in Renaissance gowns, lives with her husband, their black lab and her four very dignified cats in McLean, VA.

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Scheduled events:
Taking the World By Storm
Meet Marie Benedict, Claire Evans and Eleanor Herman, three authors who offer remarkably different tales -- set in dramatically different times -- featuring women who were determined to do what they most love to do.

Student Union Santa Rita (Seats 110)  View this venue on the Festival map
Sat, Mar 2, 10:00 am - 11:00 am
Multigenre
Signing area: Sales & Signing Area - UA BookStore Tent (on Mall) (following presentation)  View this venue on the Festival map

Panelists: Marie Benedict, Claire Evans, Eleanor Herman
Moderator: Randy Emerson
Telling Epic Histories
Two historians talk about the gritty details of telling history dramatically from the histories of poison to the Spanish roots of the United States.

Integrated Learning Center Room 141 (Seats 120, Wheelchair accessible)  View this venue on the Festival map
Sat, Mar 2, 1:00 pm - 2:00 pm
History / Biography
Signing area: Sales & Signing Area - Integrated Learning Center (following presentation)  View this venue on the Festival map

Panelists: Carrie Gibson, Eleanor Herman
Moderator: Kevin Gosner
Eleanor Herman
The Royal Art of Poison: Filthy Palaces, Fatal Cosmetics, Deadly Medicine, and Murder Most Foul - 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 an enemy. 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. Physicians prescribed mercury enemas, arsenic skin cream, 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. Gazing at gorgeous portraits of centuries past, we don't see what lies beneath the royal robes and the stench of unwashed bodies; the lice feasting on private parts; and worms nesting in the intestines.

MOSTLY BOOKS, Booth #240 (Seats 1)  View this venue on the Festival map
Sat, Mar 2, 3:00 pm - 3:30 pm
History / Biography

Author: Eleanor Herman
Workshop: Putting the Pop in Pop History
Many people think history is boring, probably because their teachers tortured them with long lists of names and dates. New York Times best-selling historian Eleanor Herman will discuss how to keep your history interesting. Bring history alive with sights, sounds and smells, and a belief that our common humanity connects us all -- past and present.

Integrated Learning Center Room 119 (Seats 60, Wheelchair accessible)  View this venue on the Festival map
Sun, Mar 3, 1:00 pm - 2:00 pm
Science / Medicine / Technology
Signing area: Sales & Signing Area - Integrated Learning Center (following presentation)  View this venue on the Festival map

Panelist: Eleanor Herman

Books:
The Royal Art of Poison:Filthy Palaces, Fatal Cosmetics, Deadly Medicine, and Murder Most Foul
Science / Medicine / Technology
St. Martin's Press
June 2018
ISBN 9781250140869
Hardcover, 320 pages
$27.99, INSTORE
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Aja Raden, author of Stoned: "Herman has a delightful appreciation for all things beautiful and terrible. More/less

King Peggy: An American Secretary, Her Royal Destiny, and the Inspiring Story of How She Changed an African Village
Memoir / Essays / Creative Nonfiction
Anchor
February 2013
ISBN 9780307742810
368 pages
$15.00, INSTORE
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Documents the story of how an American secretary was declared the monarch of a small fishing village on Ghana's central coast, recounting the challenges she faced in improving local circumstances, providing education and countering regional corruption. More/less

Named Sponsors

Arizona Daily Star
University of Arizona

Presenting Sponsors

Tucson Medical Center

Major Sponsors

Friends of the Festival
Pima County Public Library
Stocker Foundation
University of Arizona BookStores
University of Arizona - Facilities Management
Western National Parks Association
William & Mary Ross Foundation

Key Sponsors

Arizona Office Technologies
Arizona Wholesale Supply
Marshall Foundation

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