Identity & Investigation: II
The chance discovery of Thomas Becket is analysed in detail. Much controversy surrounded these exhumations of which there were several. Some exhumations are made complicated because the bodies form shrines, leading to relics and dismemberment. Nash considers why Becket received such “special” treatment.
The Swedish exhumations gave Nash an opportunity to consider how this was conducted in other countries and under other cultures. That of Queen Christina in Rome was officially authorised and very meticulous. Nash compares this with other exhumations in Uppsala and Sweden and what was learned of poisoning suspicions and physical defects.
Quests for DNA comparators may lead to other exhumations, such as that of Lionel, Duke of Clarence.