Quit while you’re a head…

December 16, 2010

Embalmed head of France’s King Henri IV found

BRITAIN-KING/HEADCharlier said three “cutting wounds” were also visible, corresponding to the separation of the head from the body by a revolutionary in 1793.

Radiocarbon dating also gave a date of between 1450 and 1650, “nicely bracketing the year of his death,” the report said.

Could you please confirm the contents of this story?

There seems to be slight problem. The story says his head was cut from his body in 1793, and the carbon dating puts his death between 1450 and 1650.

My calculation is about 150 years from when his head was removed in 1793 and his death 150 years earlier.

L.A.

You should probably reread the story. There is no contradiction.

The lede says Henri was killed in 1610, and the story makes clear that the removal of the head occurred many years later: GBU Editor

View of the bust of King Henri IV of France from his equestrian statue, inaugurated in 1818, on the Pont Neuf bridge in Paris, December 15, 2010. REUTERS/Jacky Naegelen

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