Thursday, 16 December 2010

Another Kingly Skull -- Bourbon King Henry IV


There seems to have been, for random reasons, rather a lot to do with Kingly skulls recently. I blogged some time ago about the discovery of drawings of the skull of Richard II in the National Portrait Gallery Archives in London.

Now comes news that the skull of the French King Henry IV has been returned to his descendants. The Bourbon King died in 1610, but his grave was pillaged in 1793, during the French Revolution, in an anti-monarchist act. The skull has apparently sat in storage since the 1950s, and has now been positively identified by a group of scientists as authentic.

The full story in The Guardian.

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