Skull of French king Henri IV returned to royal family after 200 years | World news | The Guardian   Leave a comment

A 400-year-old skull researchers say is that of French king Henri IV has been donated to the prince who now heads the Bourbon dynasty that ruled France for two centuries.

Henri died in 1610 but his skull was pillaged from a grave near Paris during the 18th-century revolution that ousted the monarchy. Since 1955 it has been kept in a tax collector’s attic.

A team of 19 scientists revealed in the British Medical Journal that nine months of tests on the skull led them to believe it was Henri’s.

The king was an influential ruler credited with brokering peace between Catholics and Protestants at a time of religious upheaval, and building Parisian landmarks including the Pont Neuf bridge and Place des Vosges square. He was also the grandfather of the sun king, Louis XIV.

Posted December 16, 2010 by dmacc502 in Uncategorized

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