DNA test reveals relic blood is not Kingly

Here goes science, spoiling everything (but giving us the more accurate answer).

Blood in Historic Gourd Didn’t Belong to Louis XVI | LiveScience.

New genetic evidence casts further doubt on the authenticity of a grisly French relic: a gourd long believed to be stained with the blood of Louis XVI.

Scientists sequenced the genome from dried blood inside the 200-year-old gourd and found that it didn’t match with the DNA signatures of the king’s ancestry, nor did it seem to carry the code for Louis XVI’s celebrated traits, like his imposing height and blue eyes.

Supposedly, cloths were used to soak up the blood of the beheaded king.

The Y chromosome of three living Bourbons was studied. They matched each other but not with the DNA recovered from the gourd. That DNA matched northern Italian heritage, a finding that also doesn’t correlate to Louis.


All such relics are questionable, based on stories and biased with a need for the object to be special. As technology improves, we find ways to debunk the stories behind them to the chagrin of those that house the relics. But, sometimes the real answer does not matter, as in the Shroud of Turin. The object remains sacred, venerated by the faithful and those who want to believe it is genuine.

  3 comments for “DNA test reveals relic blood is not Kingly

  1. Indrid Cole
    April 28, 2014 at 11:30 AM

    It makes me wonder how far away will it be before devoted followers attempt to clone the DNA of deceased leaders.
    Who knows maybe they’re already doing it now.

  2. Bob
    April 28, 2014 at 11:44 AM

    Carles Lalueza-Fox can FORGET about visiting India now.

  3. Tribeca Mike
    April 28, 2014 at 5:17 PM

    Wasn’t The Holy Royal Gourd a Monty Python routine?

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