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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

    Architecture and Memory: The Renaissance Studioli of Federico da Montefeltro

  • 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.

    A Philosophical Dictionary


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