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Frenchmanís Finger


Frenchman's Finger

This is a mummified human finger from the Franciscan monastery of Toulouse in France. The local soil conditions helped to preserve the bodies of people buried within it. Bargrave wrote that he was shown the corpses of various men and women in the vaults which "you may take it [the corpse] and place it standing upright against a wall". Bargrave also documented the rigor-mortis of a soldier who was killed by a stab wound to the chest and buried with his hand resting over the injury: "I pulled the hand away several times, and the nerves and tendons were so strong that the hand returned with a lusty clap upon the wound". However, it is unlikely that this finger was from that soldier.

Frenchman's Finger

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