King Richard was a real sweetheart, researchers say

03/4/2013 | Nature (free content) · Daily Beast, The · Reuters

Scientists have studied the pickled heart of Richard I of England, the legendary 12th-century monarch known as "Lionheart," which was found lying around in a French cathedral. Upon opening the small casket, researchers found the heart's dusty remains mingled with a sweet-smelling blend of mercury and herbs -- likely the result of embalmers' efforts to preserve the king's organ for posterity.

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