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The Pickled Heart Of Louis XVII

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You probably know that the little son of King Louis XVI and Marie Antoinette died of tuberculosis in prison. His royal heart was secretly cut out (gulp) during his autopsy and plopped in alcohol. The doctor who did this kept it on his shelf as a curiosity.

Of course nobody actually belived that it was the heart of the young Dauphin. The DNA was fairly recently compared with that of the trimmed hair of Marie Antoinette and it's a humdinger of a match. This little urn is at rest in the Basilique Saint Denis. This vintage postcard lady saw it over the weekend (eeeeek where are my smelling salts)

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