Gourd Proven to Hold King Louis XVI’s Blood

Gourd How cool is it that King Louis XVI’s blood has been found in a squash covered with figures from the French Revolution? According to Live Science (which in this case is really Dead Science, but who cares?),

Scientists matched DNA from the blood with DNA from a detached and mummified head believed to be from a direct ancestor of King Louis XVI, the 16th-century French king Henry IV.

It’s been said that when Louis XVI’s head was lopped off by the guillotine, someone used a handkerchief to soak up the blood, then stored the bloody rag in the gourd. Great story, right?

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