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Daemon
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Blood on Handkerchief Likely Not Royal

A handkerchief long thought to be stained with the blood of guillotined French King Louis XVI is likely inauthentic. DNA analysis of the blood on the cloth suggests it most likely belonged to a brown-eyed, average-height person, whereas the king had blue eyes and was quite tall for his time. The genetics also point to French and Italian lineage, while many of Louis XVI's ancestors came from Germany and Poland. Why then was the handkerchief stored in an elaborately decorated gourd bearing the inscription, "On January 21, Maximilien Bourdaloue dipped his handkerchief in the blood of Louis XVI after his decapitation"? One theory is that a fraudster created the fake relic for money. More...
monamagda
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When Louis XVI went to the guillotine on January 21, 1793, spectators dipped handkerchiefs in his blood as souvenirs of the French Revolution. One hanky reportedly ended up in a hollow gourd decorated with figures of the revolution, such as Maximilien de Robespierre and Jean-Paul Marat. Over the following 200 years the rag dissolved, leaving just a bloodstain, while the hollowed-out squash itself passed into the hands of an Italian family.




redgriffin
Posted: Friday, April 25, 2014 1:44:29 PM

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The questions that is now left unanswered could it be someone else who was famous in Revolutionary France? Like Maximilien de Robespierre who was also guillotined or the blood of Jean Paul Marat who was assassinated? We may never know.
Dr. Mohammed Albadri
Posted: Friday, April 25, 2014 5:09:11 PM

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Who is the fraudster created the fake relic? can someone guess ? .
redgriffin
Posted: Friday, April 25, 2014 5:10:50 PM

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Well is it a fraud or misidentified?
William39
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Scrutinizing the past is always interesting !!!
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