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 Poison of KhaïbarPois’son d’Avril. 
E. Cobham Brewer 1810–1897. Dictionary of Phrase and Fable. 1898.
Poisoners (Secret).
(1) Locusta, a woman of ancient Rome, who was employed by the Empress Agrippi’na to poison her husband Claudius. Nero employed the same woman to poison Britannicus and others.   1
   (2) The Borgias (Pope Alexander VI. and his children, Cæsar and Lucrezia) were noted poisoners.   2
   (3) Hieronyma Spara and Toffania, of Italy. (See AQUA TOFANA.)   3
   (4) Marquise de Brinvilliers, a young profligate Frenchwoman, taught the art by an officer named Sainte Croix, who learnt it in Italy. (See World of Wonders, part vii. p. 203.)   4
   (5) Lavoisin and Lavigoreux, French midwives and fortune-tellers.   5
   (6) Anna Maria Zweinziger, sentenced to death in 1811.   6
   In English history we have a few instances: e.g. Sir Thomas Overbury was so murdered by the Countess of Somerset. King James, it has been said, was a victim to similar poisoning, by Villiers, Duke of Buckingham.   7

 Poison of KhaïbarPois’son d’Avril. 


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