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The Sordid (But Fascinating!) History of Poison

By Abbey Clarke Sep 19, 2013

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Pope Alexander VI, 1503 A.D.

While there are many controversies regarding Pope Alexander VI, one particularly pernicious story about him is his penchant for poisoning, which allegedly leads to his undoing. Supposedly he was attempting to poison his dinner guest, the Cardinal de Corneto, but accidentally drank the poisoned wine himself.

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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