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2010-12-15 14:39:17

Multidisciplinary medical identification of a French king's head (Henri IV) The skeletons of kings and queens lying in mass graves in the Royal Basilica of Saint-Denis in Paris could finally have the solemn funeral ceremonies they deserve, say experts in the Christmas issue published on bmj.com today. Many of the graves in the Royal Basilica were destroyed by revolutionaries in 1793 and very few remains of the mummified bodies have been preserved and identified. Dr Philippe Charlier led the...

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2010-12-15 08:05:00

A series of unique wounds and facial features have helped identify the 400-year-old, mummified head of French King Henri IV, a team of medical examiners reported in the British Medical Journal (BMJ) on Tuesday. Philippe Charlier, a forensic examiner with Poincare University Hospital in Garches, France, and colleagues spent nine months conducting tests of the head, which had been missing since an attack on graves at the Royal Basilica during the French Revolution in 1793. In their...


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mallemaroking
  • Nautical, the visiting and carousing of sailors in the Greenland ships.
This word is apparently from a confusion of two similar Dutch words: 'mallemerok,' a foolish woman, and 'mallemok,' a name for some persons among the crew of a whaling vessel.