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For other uses, see Cantarella (disambiguation).

Cantarella was most probably a variation of arsenic or cantharidin powder (made from blister beetles) and alleged by Borgia enemies to have been used by Pope Alexander VI, Rodrigo Borgia. Many writers dismiss these allegations as slander.[1]

In popular culture[edit]

In The Borgias, a Showtime original program, cantarella poison was frequently used. It is mentioned by Lucrezia Borgia and used by Cardinal Giuliano Della Rovere to poison Pope Alexander VI.

Cantarella, a Japanese manga written and illustrated by You Higuri, is about Cesare Borgia, an Italian aristocrat during the Renaissance. The name of the manga derives from a poison supposedly used by the Borgia family to eliminate their political enemies.