Forensic scientist looks into death of Richard I





A renowned French forensic scientist has launched an investigation into the death of Richard the Lionheart, examining a tiny sample of the 12th century monarch's heart to try to understand what germ killed him.

 

Richard I died from an infection at the age of 42 after being poorly treated for a crossbow wound during a siege of a French castle.

Philippe Charlier, who previously helped dispel claims that Napoleon was poisoned to death by his British captors, has been given exclusive access to a tiny sample of the heart of the crusading English king

King Richard, famed for his bravery, brutality and bad temper, ruled England from 1189 to his death in 1199.



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