Researchers Publish Results of Analysis into Lionheart's Mummified Heart
Published in Scientific Reports, a study conducted on King Richard I's heart has uncovered that the Lionheart had died in April in the year 1199.
King Richard I is the 12th-century warrior, who earned the moniker Lionheart for his bravery during the Third Crusade. The results of the study had bene released on Thursday, which showed that his heart was full of myrtle, daisies, mint and frankincense.
The English king's mummified heart had been thoroughly analyzed by a French study more than 810 years following his death. It has been found that the king's heart also had spicy elements such as mercury, creosote and lime. Also, there were some less flowery elements.
The heart has been in Rouen, western French city, since 1199, when the king had died. Philippe Charlier, lead author of the stud, suggested that the flowers and spices in the heart might have been to provide him with the "odor of sanctity".
Long-lost remains of King Richard III of 15th-century were uncovered by a group of British archeologists and soon the latest study came into picture. It has been revealed that the leader of the Third Crusade, Richard the Lionheart, was laid ceremoniously to rest in three places.
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