Embalmed head of France’s King Henri IV found
Published on December 15th, 2010 | by Sevaan Franks1
The head was lost after revolutionaries ransacked the royal chapel at Saint Denis, near Paris, in 1793.
A head, presumed to be that of Henri IV, has passed between private collectors since then.
A team of scientists used the latest forensic techniques to identify features seen in portraits of the king.
A lesion near his nose, a pierced ear and a healed facial wound – from a previous assassination attempt – were among the marks that identified the head.