King Henry IV’s Head
As if being assassinated wasn’t enough, King Henry IV’s body was exhumed in 1793 and beheaded. Where the head went was a mystery until 2010, when it was found in the attic of a retired tax collector, Jacques Bellanger, who had purchased it from a French couple who had obtained it in the early 1900’s via auction. Digital facial reconstruction and tomography scans matched the skull with portraits of the very late king, though DNA testing in 2013 may have found a disconnect in the lineage that Henry IV stemmed from. Identity of the head aside for a moment, we can’t ignore that some aged tax collector was storing a 17th century head in his attic.