Somerset, Anne. Weidenfeld& Nicolson.2003. First U.S. edition 2004. hardcover. D/j in very good condition.
The Affair of the Poisons, as it became known, was an extraordinary episode that took place in France during the reign of Louis XIV. When poisoning and black magic became widespread,arrests followed. Suspects included those among the highest ranks of society. Many were tortured and executions resulted....the royal court was soon thrown into disarray. The Mistress of Robes and a distinguished general were among the early suspects. But they paled into insignificance when the king's mistress was incriminated...(from the book jacket)