Fully-dressed 17th century noblewoman unearthed in France

Rennes (France) (AFP) - A lead coffin housing the remarkably well-preserved body of a 17th century noble woman – still wearing her shoes and cap – has been unearthed in the northwestern French city of Rennes.

The 1.45 metre (5 feet) corpse was discovered in a stone tomb in the chapel of the Saint-Joseph convent in March last year.

The remains are most likely those of Louise de Quengo, a widow of Breton nobility who died in 1656 when she was in her 60s.

The heart of her husband, Toussaint de Perrein, was found nearby, said archaeologists at a press conference Tuesday.

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