The Poison Trials: Wonder Drugs, Experiment, and the Battle for Authority in Renaissance Science - Shared screen with speaker view
Courtney McDermott - CHAT Admin
Question from Catherine Loomis: I'm curious about the role of women in this examination of poisoning and experimental science. Early Modern English drama offers several female poisoners, with Alice Arden offering a good example of kitchen experimentation. But Shakespeare's Juliet is in the poignant position of the prisoners, isn't she?"What if it be a poison, which the friarSubtly hath minister'd to have me dead,Lest in this marriage he should be dishonour'd,Because he married me before to Romeo?I fear it is: and yet, methinks, it should not,For he hath still been tried a holy man."
Catherine Loomis
Thank you!
Courtney McDermott - CHAT Admin
From Satgin Hamrah: Thank you so much for speaking with us today about your new book. I started reading it earlier this week and its extremely fascinating. I love medieval Italian history, particularly as it pertains to the Medici family. I was surprised to read that Cosimo I’de Medici gave the anatomist Gabriele Falloppio a convict with the understanding that the convict would be experimented on (with fatal doses of opium), killed and then dissected. (60) My surprise partially stems from how he is often depicted in the country within the present period. How would you compare the experiences of the 16th century with the circumstances surrounding Covid-19 and what can potentially be described as a merger of science/pseudo-science and politics, particularly during the first months of the pandemic?
Courtney McDermott - CHAT Admin
From Brooke L:
Were there ever any prisoners who survived the poisoning and released from prison?
Catherine Loomis
This is a comment rather than a question. The charlatan show and scientific experimentation intersect in the "virginity test" in _The Changeling_ .
Catherine Loomis
Thank you!
Andrea Feiler
thank you for sharing your book with us
Eve Ogdon
Many thanks!!