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Louis XVI blood mystery 'solved'
The Telegraph ^ | Dec. 31, 2012 | David Blair

Posted on 01/02/2013 9:36:39 AM PST by Second Amendment First

When King Louis XVI went to the guillotine after the French Revolution, Parisians jostled to acquire a gruesome relic of regicide by dipping garments in his blood.

Researchers have been trying to establish whether a genuine memento of this momentous execution in the Place de la Revolution survives today. A new DNA analysis has solved a mystery that has lasted for almost 220 years, finding that an ornate gourd almost certainly carries the bloodstains of the fallen king.

On Jan 21 1793, a Parisian called Maximilien Bourdaloue witnessed Louis's public decapitation as the postrevolutionary "Terreur" took hold. Afterwards, he joined many others in dipping a handkerchief in the pool of blood left at the foot of the guillotine.

Bourdaloue then secreted this garment inside a calabash, now in the possession of an Italian family. The rag itself has long since decomposed, but the container still carries crimson stains and an inscription recording how the souvenir was collected after the king's "decapitation".

There was no conclusive proof that the blood really belonged to Louis. A DNA sample could not solve the riddle unless it was compared with another drawn from a relative of the king.

A new study in the current issue of "Forensic Science International" has filled in the missing link. The breakthrough came when scientists took a DNA sample from the mummified head of one of Louis's most illustrious ancestors: King Henri IV, who ruled France from 1589 until 1610.

This analysis established that Henri possessed a rare partial "Y" chromosome. Louis was one of his direct male-line descendants, separated by seven generations. The stains on the calabash also contained the "Y" chromosome, along with other matches, leading experts to conclude that the container almost certainly holds the blood of the executed king.

(Excerpt) Read more at telegraph.co.uk ...


TOPICS: Culture/Society
KEYWORDS: godsgravesglyphs; helixmakemineadouble

1 posted on 01/02/2013 9:36:40 AM PST by Second Amendment First
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To: SunkenCiv

GGG Ping!


2 posted on 01/02/2013 9:37:20 AM PST by Second Amendment First ("Those who hammer their guns into plows will plow for those who do not..." - Thomas Jefferson.)
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To: Fred Nerks

Calabash DNA Ping

“The King” on the Guillotine.


3 posted on 01/02/2013 9:49:15 AM PST by Candor7 (Obama fascism article:(http://www.americanthinker.com/2009/05/barack_obama_the_quintessentia_1.html))
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To: Second Amendment First
the postrevolutionary "Terreur" took hold

The Terror is only "postrevolutionary" to those people who wish to glorify the socialist revolution that began in France in 1789. For the rest of us, the Terror of 1793-4 is an integral, and inevitable, part of any socialist revolution.

Coming soon to a neighborhood near you.

4 posted on 01/02/2013 9:56:08 AM PST by ClearCase_guy (Nothing will change until after the war.)
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To: Second Amendment First
Interesting, but hardly history changing. Far more significant was the recent discovery of the preserved heart of the Dauphin confirming he died as a child and ending claims of many pretenders to the French throne who claim descent from the lost Dauphin. Most of the nobles guillotined during la Terreur died bravely, but contemporary accounts of one noble woman's death recounts how her shrieks echoed in the streets of Paris and chilled the ardor of the crowds for blood.
5 posted on 01/02/2013 9:56:38 AM PST by The Great RJ
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To: Second Amendment First

Won’t this be an interesting episode of Antigue Roadshow?


6 posted on 01/02/2013 9:56:38 AM PST by secret garden (Why procrastinate when you can perendinate?)
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To: Candor7

Goodnight, Mrs. Calabash, where ever you are.


7 posted on 01/02/2013 9:57:43 AM PST by biggerten (Love you, Mom.)
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To: secret garden

My mistake - Antique Roadshow not Antigue.


8 posted on 01/02/2013 10:03:31 AM PST by secret garden (Why procrastinate when you can perendinate?)
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To: ClearCase_guy

However, the guillotine has been replaced by the machete.


9 posted on 01/02/2013 10:06:06 AM PST by Second Amendment First ("Those who hammer their guns into plows will plow for those who do not..." - Thomas Jefferson.)
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To: ClearCase_guy

Bump your post.

I could not have said it more clearly.

Death is the ultimate point and objective of Socialist Revolution - the blood lust of the revolution must be slaked.

see tagline.


10 posted on 01/02/2013 10:07:35 AM PST by headsonpikes (Mass murder and cannibalism are the twin sacraments of socialism - "Who-whom?"-Lenin)
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To: Second Amendment First; Candor7

Goodnight, Mrs. Calabash, wherever you are!...........


11 posted on 01/02/2013 10:09:04 AM PST by Red Badger (Lincoln freed the slaves. Obama just got them ALL back......................)
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To: biggerten

GMTA!........


12 posted on 01/02/2013 10:09:50 AM PST by Red Badger (Lincoln freed the slaves. Obama just got them ALL back......................)
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To: Candor7
Q) How much do you think your Y chromosome Royal calabash would sell for today if it came up at auction?

A) I would estimate your freak show relic would fetch a King's ransom if it came up at auction. Antiques Roadshow repeat

13 posted on 01/02/2013 10:28:25 AM PST by STD (“Cogito, ergo armatum sum)
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To: Candor7
Q) How much do you think your Y chromosome Royal calabash would sell for today if it came up at auction?

A) I would estimate your freak show relic would fetch a King's ransom if it came up at auction. Antiques Roadshow repeat

14 posted on 01/02/2013 10:28:38 AM PST by STD (“Cogito, ergo armatum sum)
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To: Candor7
Q) How much do you think your Y chromosome Royal calabash would sell for today if it came up at auction?

A) I would estimate your freak show relic would fetch a King's ransom if it came up at auction. Antiques Roadshow repeat

15 posted on 01/02/2013 10:28:46 AM PST by STD (“Cogito, ergo armatum sum)
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To: Candor7
Q) How much do you think your Y chromosome Royal calabash would sell for today if it came up at auction?

A) I would estimate your freak show relic would fetch a King's ransom if it came up at auction. Antiques Roadshow repeat

16 posted on 01/02/2013 10:28:46 AM PST by STD (“Cogito, ergo armatum sum)
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To: Second Amendment First

Couldn’t they just dig up Louis XVI himself and check the dna?


17 posted on 01/02/2013 10:36:36 AM PST by HomeAtLast
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To: Second Amendment First

So this means the rumors that Louie is living in Argentina are false?


18 posted on 01/02/2013 11:01:43 AM PST by DManA
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To: Second Amendment First

Barbaric act of this evil Revolution, the horrible way in which they butchered this kindly monarch, who was in fact a reformer and willing to establish a constitutional monarchy with a parliament along the same lines as the UK. The French Revolution was pure evil in every way.


19 posted on 01/02/2013 11:13:29 AM PST by Trapped Behind Enemy Lines
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To: The Great RJ

Wasn’t the Dauphin starved to death in prison?


20 posted on 01/02/2013 11:52:00 AM PST by miss marmelstein ( Richard Lives Yet!)
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To: Candor7

The peasants are simply revolting.


21 posted on 01/02/2013 12:10:14 PM PST by Fred Nerks (FAIR DINKUM!)
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To: Fred Nerks

You said it. They stink on ice.


22 posted on 01/02/2013 12:13:43 PM PST by NeoCaveman (Let it burn, let it burn, let it burn)
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To: Fred Nerks

LOL!
Mel Brooks, wasn’t it?


23 posted on 01/02/2013 12:14:36 PM PST by Second Amendment First ("Those who hammer their guns into plows will plow for those who do not..." - Thomas Jefferson.)
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To: Second Amendment First
Crazy people dipping cloth into crazy peoples blood killed by by crazy people. OK...I get it.

FMCDH(BITS)

24 posted on 01/02/2013 12:21:15 PM PST by nothingnew (I fear for my Republic due to marxist influence in our government. Open eyes/see)
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To: Red Badger

That’s no banana, that’s my nose!

Ha-cha-cha-chaaaa!


25 posted on 01/02/2013 12:32:57 PM PST by biggerten (Love you, Mom.)
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To: Fred Nerks
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26 posted on 01/02/2013 2:11:55 PM PST by Candor7 (Obama fascism article:(http://www.americanthinker.com/2009/05/barack_obama_the_quintessentia_1.html))
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To: Candor7

From where I am, it looks like the revolting peasants now have control of your government and want to prevent you from defending yourself, when they come to take away your income, your property and your liberty...


27 posted on 01/02/2013 2:47:45 PM PST by Fred Nerks (FAIR DINKUM!)
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To: Fred Nerks
The peasants are simply revolting.>>>>>>>>>>>>

Thepeasantsarerevolting

28 posted on 01/02/2013 2:51:40 PM PST by Candor7 (Obama fascism article:(http://www.americanthinker.com/2009/05/barack_obama_the_quintessentia_1.html))
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To: Candor7
May their revolting facial expressions remain forever imprinted on their ugly faces, and may they wake up tomorrow looking like the after-image of The Picture of Dorian Grey.


29 posted on 01/02/2013 3:07:22 PM PST by Fred Nerks (FAIR DINKUM!)
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To: Second Amendment First; Cincinna

 GGG managers are SunkenCiv, StayAt HomeMother & Ernest_at_the_Beach
Thanks Second Amendment First.

Just adding to the catalog, not sending a general distribution.

To all -- please ping me to other topics which are appropriate for the GGG list.


30 posted on 01/02/2013 7:11:02 PM PST by SunkenCiv (Romney would have been worse, if you're a dumb ass.)
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