June 9, 2004

Bury my heart at Saint-Denis

France's royal descendants and their supporters Tuesday buried the shriveled heart of Louis XVII, the boy king who died during the Revolution, after DNA tests confirmed the organ's authenticity.

Exactly 209 years after the heart was cut from the king's body following his death in a grim Paris prison, a crystal urn containing the tiny pickled organ was carried to the cathedral of Saint-Denis outside Paris, burial place of French kings.

Following a two-hour mass, it was laid to rest in the royal crypt next to the remains of his parents Louis XVI and Marie Antoinette, who were both executed by the revolutionaries.

From Reuters.

Posted by David on June 9, 2004 4:38 PM

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