Skip to comments.Golden casket containing heart of French queen consort Anne of Brittany rescued from thieves
Posted on 04/25/2018 10:08:05 AM PDT by rightwingintelligentsia
A priceless 16th-century casket containing the embalmed heart of a French queen consort has been found after it was snatched by thieves earlier this month.
The theft of the 500g solid golden box containing Anne of Brittany's heart had fuelled fears the relic would be melted just for its weight in gold.
The casket was taken along with other relics after robbers reportedly broke in through a window of the Thomas-Dobree museum in the western French city of Nantes.
French police arrested two men who then led them to the buried haul on Saturday.
Anne of Brittany was born in 1477, the daughter of Duke Francis II of Brittany, and died in 1514 at the royal Chateau de Blois in the Loire Valley in central France.
She left instructions in her will that upon her death, her heart be removed and sent to Brittany.
A gold reliquary, inscribed in old French, was made to hold her heart.
The theft was not the first narrow escape for the artefact, which was saved from being melted down the wake of the 1789 French Revolution.
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I’m not sure I’d call it a reliquary since I do not believe she has been canonized. It’s more like an old fashioned version of a modern urn. This sort of thing, dividing up the remains, was not uncommon among the upper class.
This was probably the inspiration for the famous song “I left my heart in Thomas-Dobree museum in the western French city of Nantes”.
Betcha Tony Bennett ain’t wanting to end up in SF, in whole or in part.
Reminds me of the story my dad told me. My grandfather flipped houses as a way to supplement his retirement. Occasionally, the home would be fully furnished.
Well, one home was just that; fully furnished. My dad was helping my grandfather clean up noticed a beautiful, ornate jar sitting on the fireplace mantel. He thought that it must have money in it or maybe jewelry because it rattled he shook it. He tried to open it up but the lid was too tight and so he finally gave up. Turns out it was a burial urn for a friend or family member of the previous owners. My dad didn’t say way happened to it.
The light shines
It’s getting hot on my shoulder
I don’t mind,
This time it doesn’t matter
‘Cause your friends,
They look good and you look better
Don’t you know all night I’ve been waiting for a girl like you to come around, ‘round, ‘round?
Under the lights tonight
You turned around, and you stole my heart
With just one look, when I saw your face
I fell in love
It took a minute girl to steal my heart tonight
With just one look, yeah
I waited for a girl like you
Note: this topic is from . Thanks rightwingintelligentsia. Playing some catchup here.
Romantic thieves stole Anne’s heart.
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