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The Renaissance was a time of enlightenment, opulence, and all-around cultural rebirth. However, that’s not all it was. It was also a time of poisonous murders, toxic cosmetics, and hygienic horrors bad enough to make your hair stand on end…or maybe that was just all the grease.

You might not want to time travel to this era no matter how big of a Renaissance royalty fan you were…because you would be faced with possible death from poisoning, lead and mercury based makeup, or just the general disgusting atmosphere of palaces full to the brim with gold, jewels, and human dookie.

Instead of hopping in your Delorean, join Carrie as she recounts for Sean the poisons and hygienic horrors that made the Renaissance one of the deadliest times to be alive – even and maybe especially if you were wealthy, powerful, and royal.

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