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A Renaissance warlord poison mystery

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Chelsea Noveau
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« on: January 18, 2015, 02:27:18 am »

Cangrande in his tomb. Image: Gino Fornaciari [CC BY-SA 3.0], via Wikimedia Commons
A murder cover up

Further examination of his liver found concentrations of digoxine and digitoxine at lethal levels. The suspicion that deliberate poisoning took place under the guise of medical treatment (perhaps for a gastrointestinal problem) is likely.

A physician of Cangrande’s was hanged by his successor Mastino II, adding more weight to the possibility that foul play was at least suspected, although who was ultimately behind the killing is likely to remain a mystery. One of the principal suspects at least in terms of motive seems to be Cangrande’s nephew, the ambitious Mastino II himself.
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