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Giovanni amputation mystery revealed

Posted on Monday, 26 November, 2012 | Comment icon 4 comments | News tip by: Still Waters

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The tomb of Renaissance warrior Giovanni dalle Bande Nere has revealed an intriguing mystery.

Giovanni was said to have died from an infection in 1526 following the amputation of his leg, however examination of his remains shows that only his foot was amputated and that there was no sign of a gun wound to the upper leg. "Giovanni was wounded in the right leg (maybe above the knee) but was amputee[d] [at the] foot," said museum Superintendent Marco Ferri. "Why? The surgeon was not a good doctor or the news [that] reached us [is] not accurate."

The remains will be examined in great detail before being reburied, it is hoped that they will help to fill in the missing details and aid researchers in their attempts to piece together what really happened to Giovanni at the time of his death in the early 16th century.

"A noble-but-brutal Renaissance warrior who fell to a battle wound may not have died exactly as historians had believed, according to a new investigation of the man's bones."

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Comment icon #1 Posted by Hilander on 24 November, 2012, 1:22
Makes me wonder if its the same man.
Comment icon #2 Posted by Lava_Lady on 26 November, 2012, 23:58
I wonder what that note in the glass tube said. Seems like it might be important since they didn't see it before. Might be an explanation as to why only his foot is gone. What a tease of an article.
Comment icon #3 Posted by NikkiAidyn on 27 November, 2012, 2:28
You know what they say.. an answer will reveal even more questions.. Interesting nevertheless
Comment icon #4 Posted by Lady Kasey on 27 November, 2012, 15:22
I agree Lava-Lady, it is a tease of an article, but perhaps the investigation has only just begun. Of course if that's the case, why not wait and write an article about the results? *shrugs*

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