|Figure 3 -- King Richard III (1452-1485)|
The King purposely ate some strawberries and blamed his allergic reaction on a curse from Lord Hastings. For his punishment Lord Hastings was beheaded, and his head was served on a platter. (2, page 4)
The king was able to get away with this because nobody knew about allergies other than those who suffered from them. Other than the king, most allergy sufferers were hard working men and women who had little time to let minor suffering slow them down.
And even when they did report their symptoms to physicians, they were generally brushed off as something minor, like a cold. Physicians had better things to worry about, such as deadly plagues.