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 The Remains of Louis XV 
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Post The Remains of Louis XV
After the horrid mistake I made. I have found an image of the remains of Louis XVI's predecessor, Louis XV.
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Mon Dec 22, 2008 2:33 pm
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Everybody makes mistakes, don't worry, dear! Thanks for sharing this image, it is really interesting!

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thank you for this picture....his face expresses so much pain

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Tue Dec 23, 2008 9:43 am
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He did die a rather painful death.

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Did he die of the pox or plague? :shock:


Sat Dec 27, 2008 7:49 pm
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He died of smallpox at the age of 64. As I read he decomposed alive.

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Yes that did indeed happen. If he wasn't decomposing it was said that he looked like a corpse that is a horrible way to die.

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Yes it was. Spectacular, disgusting and very very painful. I'd rather choose decapitation.

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Ick. I remember reading a description of Louis XV's funeral in Claude Manceron's "Twilight of the Old Order." They couldn't find servants who were willing to remove the body from its deathbed so they eventually had to force some ditch-diggers to do it. Like Anouk said, he had already started decomposing while alive and the stench was so horrid they had to put him in a lead coffin inside his state coffin and even then you could still smell it. No one wanted anything to do with his body for fear of catching small pox. Tragic, disgusting, but an interesting thought... Even the king of France, at the end of it, was reduced to a corpse that his servants refused to touch. Ashes to ashes, dust to dust, indeed.


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That sounds extremely unpleasant. However that does not surprise me. Who would want to remove a corpse? It reminds me of the plague. No one wanted to pick up the bodies, but the people who did figured they might as well have some money in their pocket before they died. Did they think the lead has properties to mollify the odor of the corpse?

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that kind of death must have been awfull...escpially those years....with rather strange medicine help

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Well normally removing a corpse wasn't a particularly big deal, but small pox is so contagious and his corpse was so disgusting. The lead coffin was just because they were hoping to seal it tightly so the stench couldn't escape, but it wasn't entirely effective.


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