HEADLINE – Embalmed head of France’s King Henri IV found
LONDON (Reuters) – The mummified head of King Henry IV has been found. Pulled from the attic of a retired tax collector, the head has been positively identified by scientists using state-of-the-art technology to determine its identity. The king was assassinated 400 years ago after proclaiming religious freedom for Muslims in France.
“I do not need to tell you how much of a surprise this is,” said Ernie Le Plume, curator of the King Henry IV Museum in Paris. “Now all we have to do is figure out whose head is on top of the body we have on display here in the museum,” Le Plume said.
Known as the Good King or Green Gallant, Henry brought the end to the French Wars of Religion by signing an edict declaring freedom of religion in France in 1598. He was assassinated by a fanatical Catholic, François Ravaillac, in May of 1610.
Le Plume said that no plans are being made to reunite King Henry’s head with his body. “The whole thing has us sort of creeped out,” Le Plume said.
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