...the head of the Good King Henri!
Henri de Navarre is famous for bringing a period of great prosperity and peace to France. Originally a Protestant, he famously said, "Paris vaut bien une messe!" (Paris is worth a mass) when he converted to take the thrown. His Edict of Nantes granted religious freedom and saved the country from self-destruction. He also is famous for promising his people they would have the means to have a chicken in their pots each Sunday.
Dr. Philippe Charlier and twenty of his scientist buddies have verified that the skull belongs to him because of the following characteristics:
- A small dark spot under his right nostril
- Evidence that his right ear was pierced, which was the fashion in the Valois court
- A lesion indicated a slash above his lip that he sustained in an assassination attempt
Isn't that deliciously bizarre, gruesomely awesome? Where can I buy a skull?!
"Alas, poor [Henri]! I knew him, Horratio"
P.S. Here is the article about the discovery in Le Monde, if you want to practice your Franch.