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The favorite poison of the Borgia, allegedly, was an arsenic-laced concoction named cantarella, which produced excruciating goutlike symptoms in its unfortunate survivors, symptoms such as those Guidobaldo suffered. back
The cantarella, of which it is pretended that Pope Alexander VI. and his bastard, the duke of Borgia, made great use, was, it is said, the foam of a hog rendered furious by suspending him by the feet with his head downwards, in which situation he was beaten to death; it was a poison as prompt and violent as that of the viper.