In the 19th Century arsenic was everywhere – from candles and wallpaper to fabrics and sweets. It is a tasteless, odorless white powder, often mistaken for baking powder.
Jane Austen was only 41 when she died in 1817. A few months before her death she described her weeks of illness. Her symptoms sounded very much like arsenic poisoning. Years later, when a lock of her hair was tested for arsenic, the test proved positive.
Did she take the arsenic by mistake? Did a doctor prescribe it for rheumatism? Did someone offended by her sharp tongue decide to murder her? Read more…..
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