Remains of Henry VII of Luxembourg buried with rare silk cloth

Researchers in Italy have the rare opportunity to examine and analyze the remains of Henry VII of Luxembourg, German king and Holy Roman emperor, who died in 1313 and is buried in Pisa Cathedral. The remains were exhuned in 2013 to determine the emperor’s physical features and cause of death. (photos)

Buried with the emperor were his crown, orb and septor, as well as a large silk cloth, striped in red and blue, and bearing the royal symbol of the lion. The unexpected discovery of the cloth fascinates Moira Brunori of the Center for Textile Restoration in Pisa. "It's extremely well preserved," she said.