The Great Oyer of Poisoning: the Trial of the Earl of Somerset for the Poisoning of Sir Thomas Overbury, and Various Matters Connected Therewith, from Contemporary Mss. [With a Portrait.]

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Richard Bentley, 1846 - 551 pages
 

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This is the best and most complete study of a spectacular poisoning case during King James I reign. It includes court documents, transcripts of confessions and denials, speeches at the gallows, and Amos's 19th century commentary on the events described. This is a unique resource.

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Page 466 - ... more neatly, more pressly, more weightily, or suffered less emptiness, less idleness, in what he uttered. No member of his speech but consisted of his own graces. His hearers could not cough or look aside from him without loss. He commanded where he spoke, and had his judges angry and pleased at his devotion. No man had their affections more in his power. The fear of every man that heard him was lest he should make an end.
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