Famous Italian Army Commander Exhumed

Giovanni de' Medici died in 1526

Giovanni dalle Bande Nere.     Photo: Wikimedia Commons

Led by Gino Fornaciari, the director of the University of Pisa's pathology museum, a team of Italian researchers have exhumed the bodies of Giovanni de' Medici (also known as Giovanni dalle Bande Nere for the black mourning bands he wore following Pope Leo X's death) and his wife, Maria Salviati. Buried in the Medici Chapels in Florence, Giovanni was a member of the wealthy Florentine Medici family, but also one of the most celebrated mercenary soldiers of the Renaissance. Fornaciari's team is conducting a "'thorough analysis' which includes medical, paleopathological, and anthropological investigations of the remains," according to Discovery News. Their hope is to better understand the life and death of the army commander, who died at the age of 28 after being hit by a cannon ball while fighting troops marching toward Rome.

Via Discovery News

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