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From: "D. Spencer Hines" <>
Subject: Re: Exhumation of Medieval Kings
Date: Sun, 18 Jun 2000 03:45:06 +0100
King Robert the Bruce's head has reportedly been reconstructed from his
Edward I 'Longshanks' was disinterred in 1774. His tomb does not appear
to have been "air tight" ---- the lid was not even securely fastened
down. One flakey little academic reportedly tried to steal King Edward
I's finger, but he was allegedly caught.
The British Royal Family seems to have discouraged this sort of thing in
recent years. I mean, where might it all end.
Perhaps Queen Elizabeth II simply doesn't want to contemplate the
thought of some scruffy little gaggle of ragged academics and clerics
digging her up someday and one making off with her ear ---- or whatever.
Others may well have more details.
Fortem Posce Animum.
D. Spencer Hines
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"E & S Jenks" <> wrote in message
| Fellow Medieval Lovers
| I think it would be interesting if medieval kings were exhumed and
| skulls used to make a facial reconstruction. Think about it, these
| are lost to us for all time, all we have to go on is some vague
| The body's of the kings must be well preserved because the tombs at
| Westminister Abbey and other places of burial are air tight so I don't
| it would be that difficult. We read about these kings, some great
| but wouldn't it be great to finally put a face to the legend? Of
| there are moral dilemmas like disturbing the peace of the dead but I
| think it is a good idea in the name of science!
| Elizabeth Jenks
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