Tuesday, July 27th, 2021

In this latest episode, the Unexpected duo, Professor James Daybell and Dr Sam Willis uncover the utterly fascinating and genuinely unexpected history of POISON! Which is all about eighteenth-century shopkeepers, assassination attempts on Queen Elizabeth I, Roman women, and the history of Bread! It’s also all about Venice and powdered diamonds, weedkiller and the history of horticulture! Who knew!

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