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La Voisin: Poisoner-for-Hire and Provider of Alleged Sorcery

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La Voisin: Poisoner-for-Hire and Provider of Alleged Sorcery

Catherine Monvoisin, known as “La Voisin,” was accused of witchcraft, found guilty, and executed in 1680 when she was about 40 years old. She practiced medicine, specifically midwifery, and performed abortions which were illegal in France at that time. But she was known as the local fortune teller, and was a commissioned poisoner, said to help women trapped in abusive marriages.

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