Monday, June 13, 2022

Question from Harriet - Self-poisoning

This may seem like a redundant question, but can I ask, what would've happened if a king or queen, or nobleman or noblewoman tried to poison themselves? I mean, nobody else put anything into the food or drink, except himself/herself; like arsenic, for instance. Whether their motivation was suicide, a weight loss method, a coping mechanism to try to gain more sympathy from others, or a disturbing experimentation just to simply see what poison does to ones body, cause they were curious, what would be done about it? How would the rest of society, and their courtiers react? Thanks, I would appreciate a reply from a fellow blogger.

1 comment:

Howard said...

Hello! I think I can answer your question, sorry I’m a little late. Lol!😂. I’ve been an avid historian for almost 35 years, in fact, I just recently helped someone else out, from a more recent post. I think that most of the nobility and/or the royals back then couldn’t have really gotten away with doing something like this in the first place, because such a thing as “personal privacy” really didn’t exist, then, or was even an expectation. It was common for the wealthy families to always have servants around them, in at least hearing distance, if not seeing distance, in fact, the concept of escaping into a private area to this would’ve been limited, maybe not impossible, just limited. (Btw, our concept of escaping into personal privacy/having/needing complete alone time didn’t even come into play, either, until the Victorian era)!
Also, if they did manage to poison themselves, they would, unfortunately, most likely, risk getting themselves sent to a mental institution. Mental health treatment was NOT the same then, as it is now, it was very cruel and sadistic, and the sufferers of mental illnesses were demonized.
That’s just what I think, however, but I’m still not perfect!🤣 It’s possible someone else could give you a better answer, but I hope this helps,some.