Renaissance-era Italian warlord was poisoned, mummy reveals

January 7, 2015 4:53 PM

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Renaissance-era Italian warlord was poisoned, mummy reveals

A Renaissance-era warlord who dropped dead in 1329 wasn't killed by a nasty stomach illness, as had been previously suspected; he was actually poisoned, an autopsy of his corpse reveals.

Scientists say they've found traces of digitalis, or foxglove a beautiful but potentially heart-stopping plant in the digestive tract of Cangrande della Scala of Verona. [Image Gallery: 7 Potent Medicinal Plants]

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