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The Sordid (But Fascinating!) History of Poison

By Abbey Clarke Sep 19, 2013

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The Middle Ages

This time period was perfect for poisoners—there was a lot of knowledge about poisons, but not a lot of knowledge of forensics or toxicology, which made getting away with the deed chillingly easy. Academics (read: monks) had some idea of how to treat poisoning, but lay people tried to use things like toadstones, rhino’s horns, and religious artifacts as antidotes.

Tags: history, cool things, creepy things, poison, greek myth

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Abbey Clarke

Abbey Clarke is a writer and editorial assistant living in Jersey City. She's a player on a D&D podcast called Knife Errant, wrote her senior thesis on Buffy the Vampire Slayer, and is working on a novel about a semi-reformed demon who runs a library. You can follow her on Twitter at @abbeybookaholic.

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