Research always gets the blood running. I’ve just discovered that the “love powders” Athénaïs was getting from the witch Voisin contained Spanish Fly.
Well! “Love” powders indeed.
I have always assumed that “love powders” were some innocuous superstitious ritual. The use of Spanish Fly, however, is a much more serious business. It is known to be deadly and seriously damaging to health.
I just posted about this to my research blog. Now, back to the plot.