February 10, 2015

Medieval Mortuary Chests to be Opened

Medieval Mortuary Chests to be Opened
From the Romsey Advertiser:
The inventory of the tombs’ contents, believed to be the mortal remains of some of the early royals of Wessex, will be assessed in the coming weeks. They are also thought to contain three bishops as well as other artefacts.
Other interesting facts will almost certainly come to light once the chests are opened and the bones thoroughly examined
Experts believe those interred include Canute, King of England, Denmark and Norway, his Queen Emma of Normandy, as well as their son Harthacanute. Canute, who died in Shaftesbury in November 1035, was originally buried in Winchester’s Old Minster before work on the city’s cathedral had even begun.
Read the rest of this story at Winchester Cathedral unveils plans to open medieval mortuary chests

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