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An embarassment for the French

Despite her having been burnt at the stake, the museum of Old Chinon has claimed to have one of Joan of Arc's bones in its possession, based on this 'test' of authenticity: "In 1867, a jar was found in a Paris pharmacy with the inscription "Remains found under the stake of Joan of Arc, virgin of Orleans". They consisted of a charred human rib, carbonized wood, a piece of linen and a cat femur — explained as the practice of throwing black cats onto the pyre of witches. The Catholic church recognized them". Source.

However, in the best Shroud of Turin tradition, the bones have been carbon dated, sniffed at and generally poked. And, quelle horreur, they are an awful lot older than 576 years. It turns out the bones were actually those of an Egyptian mummy from between 300 and 600 BC. Whoops.

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Blogger james higham said... 4:26 pm

Well, if the English could have left La Pucelle alone, she might ahve become a mummy herself.  



Blogger Croydonian said... 4:33 pm

Boom boom.  



Blogger CityUnslicker said... 9:45 pm

maybe they could carbon date John Reid and to tell us which century of the nethanderal epoc he is really from...  



Blogger The Hitch said... 10:04 pm

Is it really possible to embarrass the French?  



Blogger Croydonian said... 10:58 pm

Hitch - I'm going to take the Cinquième...

Anyway, some of my best friends are French.  



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