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Blood of Beheaded French King Louis XVI Found in an Old Gourd

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posted on Jan, 3 2013 @ 03:48 PM

When French king Louis XVI was beheaded at the guillotine two centuries ago after the French Revolution, many spectators were said to have dipped their handkerchiefs in his blood. And now, scientists believe they have found an old gourd that they say may contain the blood of the executed monarch.

The day Louis XVI was decapitated in Paris on January 21, 1793, a Parisian named Maximilien Bourdaloue had joined the crowds and dipped his handkerchief into the blood left at the scene of the execution. Bourdaloue was then believed to have put his handkerchief into a hollowed-out gourd and had it embellished with images of revolutionary heroes and the words: "On January 21, Maximilien Bourdaloue dipped his handkerchief in the blood of Louis XVI after his decapitation".

You can read a lot more about his execution here:

Two years ago, scientists had conducted a DNA analysis of the traces of blood found inside the old gourd revealed a likely match for someone of Louis description, including his blue eyes. However, they were never able to confirm at the time that the sample was indeed from the executed French king because they did not have DNA of any royal relation.

However, new research, published in the journal Forensic Science International, have now revealed that the blood in the old gourd contained DNA that is very similar to the genetic material from what is believed to be the mummified head that belonged to Louis' 16th century predecessor, Henri IV, who was killed in 1610, according to AFP.

visit the story link for more.

Just thought I'd share this bizarre story at ATS. I don't suppose any of you can guess why...

On January 21st, 1793 Louis XVI was executed in front of the people of France who saluted his death as the beginning of a better era.

So, have they banned guillotines yet? Cause surely they wouldn't want to find some more heads and blood in a gourd a few hundred years from now.
edit on Thu Jan 3rd 2013 by TrueAmerican because: (no reason given)

posted on Jan, 3 2013 @ 03:57 PM
reply to post by TrueAmerican

This has already been posted on ATS.

posted on Jan, 3 2013 @ 04:22 PM
reply to post by QMask

Perhaps you will notice that the other thread didn`t have the annoying little partisan jab at the end. Therefore, the OP felt that it needed posting again, with the oversight amended.

Remember: Everything must be political. Everything.

posted on Jan, 3 2013 @ 04:30 PM
reply to post by Monger

No, the OP searched for the title of the article, which did not come up, and so the OP posted it. Me, Partisan? Yeah Partisan To The Truth, politics or not.

posted on Jan, 3 2013 @ 04:37 PM
I just want to remind you to look at what happened directly after the oppressive king was killed. And how long it took to get the kings back.
Lets just say that France became democracy much later and there wast no need for devices for chopping heads off.

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