A Student of History

May 29, 2012

Richard the Lionheart

Filed under: The past that is still with us,Wars — John Maass @ 7:37 am

Here’s a Telegraph story about a French scientist trying to figure out what killed Richard the Lionheart in 1199. 

A renowned French forensic scientist has launched an investigation into the death of Richard the Lionheart, examining a tiny sample of the 12th century monarch’s heart to try to understand what germ killed him.

Richard died April 6, 1199, from a wound received in a skirmish at the castle of Chalus in the Limousin. While directing an assault, he was wounded in the shoulder by a crossbow bolt, and, the wound mortifying from unskilful treatment or his own want of care, he died. He was buried at his father’s feet in the church of Fontevrault.


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