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Medieval poisoning ring

While I usually present books and book illustrations from the Middle Ages here, this newly discovered piece of medieval material culture is just too unusual and fascinating not to show. Recently this bronze ring from the 14th century was found in Bulgaria. It was made so that liquid – poison, experts believe – could be stored inside a small compartment. The liquid was then pored out in a rival’s drink. You heard it right: this is a medieval poisoning ring, an artifact used by James Bond’s ancestor to assassinate one’s enemy. Such rings were used up to the 17th century, it turns out. It’s almost as cool as a medieval book…

Read more about it in this news article and this one.

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