Note & Gleanings/Note e curiosita: Veleno per il Cardinale? Un clamoroso processo di fine ‘700 in un manoscritto inedito

  • D Bressan University of Melbourne


An 18th century manuscript discovered in the Public Archives in Rome was found to contain the full record of hearings at a trial held in 1790 and 1791. Sigismondo Chigi and two other defendants, Baldini and a pharmacist called Sebastiani, were charged with the attempted poisoning of Cardinal Filippo Carandini. In a lengthy statement to the Court, Baldini claimed that Chigi had used inducements and threats to persuade him to commit the crime. The present article summarizes the more significant elements to emerge from the trial, which concluded with the sentencing of all three defendants to various terms of imprisonment.

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