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The embalmed heart of Richard the Lionheart (1199 A.D.): a biological and anthropological analysis

Overview of attention for article published in Scientific Reports, February 2013
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Title
The embalmed heart of Richard the Lionheart (1199 A.D.): a biological and anthropological analysis
Published in
Scientific Reports, February 2013
DOI 10.1038/srep01296
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Authors

Philippe Charlier, Joël Poupon, Gaël-François Jeannel, Dominique Favier, Speranta-Maria Popescu, Raphaël Weil, Christophe Moulherat, Isabelle Huynh-Charlier, Caroline Dorion-Peyronnet, Ana-Maria Lazar, Christian Hervé, Geoffroy Lorin de la Grandmaison

Abstract

During the Middle Ages, the partition of the cadaver of the elite members was a current practice, with highly technical treatment given to symbolic organs such as the heart. Considered mostly from a theoretical point of view, this notion of dilaceratio corporis has never been biologically explored. To assess the exact kind of embalming reserved to the heart, we performed a full biomedical analysis of the mummified heart of the English King Richard I (1199 A.D.). Here we show among other aspects, that the organ has been embalmed using substances inspired by Biblical texts and practical necessities of desiccation. We found that the heart was deposed in linen, associated with myrtle, daisy, mint, frankincense, creosote, mercury and, possibly, lime. Furthermore, the goal of using such preservation materials was to allow long-term conservation of the tissues, and good-smelling similar to the one of the Christ (comparable to the odor of sanctity).

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Geographical breakdown

Country Count As %
United Kingdom 1 3%
Canada 1 3%
Unknown 36 95%

Demographic breakdown

Readers by professional status Count As %
Researcher 13 34%
Student > Ph. D. Student 7 18%
Professor > Associate Professor 4 11%
Other 2 5%
Student > Master 2 5%
Other 5 13%
Unknown 5 13%
Readers by discipline Count As %
Arts and Humanities 6 16%
Agricultural and Biological Sciences 6 16%
Biochemistry, Genetics and Molecular Biology 4 11%
Chemistry 4 11%
Medicine and Dentistry 3 8%
Other 12 32%
Unknown 3 8%

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