The good. The bad. The thirsty. In honor of Adrienne Mayor’s arrival on Thursday, July 22,  to present her book The Poison King: The Life and Legend of Mithradates , we’ve compiled a list of 10 of the most famous cases of poisoning in history and literature.
Note: To get sources for this list, we didn’t use Wikipedia or the top results from Google searches. Instead, we used a combination of books from our collection and the research databases  that are available for free to anyone with a KCPL library card. Some of the links below will require you to enter your card and PIN in order to view the articles. (All images from Wikimedia Commons .)
And these are just our picks. Can you think of any other noteworthy fictional or historic poison stories? Post them in the comments at the end of this entry!
Without further ado, in chronological order...
Poison: Robe dipped in blood tainted with hydra venom