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December 23, 2003

Medici

Fifty Medicis are to be exhumed and their remains examined to learn something of how they lived and to determine just how everyone was related (those rumours about the LeMarchand family connection are no doubt false).

The first members of the family who ruled Florence from the 15th century to 1737 will be removed from the Medici Chapels in Michelangelo's church of San Lorenzo in June. Experts say DNA testing could yield some "sensational surprises" and also provide a true family tree, showing who was related - and who not - and who their natural fathers were.

Posted by Ghost of a flea at December 23, 2003 10:01 AM

Comments

This sounds like a strong argument for cremation. To keep the snoops of the future in their place, rather than disturbing the dead for academic purposes...

Posted by: Slartibartfast at December 23, 2003 12:51 PM

Shakespeare addressed the problem by adding a curse to his grave-marker.

Good friend for Jesus sake forbeare,
To digg the dust encloased heare,
Blest by the man that spares these stones,
And curst be he that moves my bones.

Posted by: Nicholas Packwood at December 23, 2003 02:44 PM