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Sudeley Castle: the curious life and death of Katherine Parr

A recreation of Katherine lying in state “I didn’t realise how important the date of her death was in the history of the Church of England,”...


hepatoma: Postmortem fetal extrusion, also known as “Coffin birth” is the process of a fetus being pushed through the vagina (much like live birth)  of a pregnant decomposing corpse. The fetus is forced out the bloating of the body and by pressure of the gases in the abdominal due to decomposition.  The fetus is seen below the body above, laying flat on the ground with the umbilical cord still attached.

The illustrious marble tomb of Katherine Parr, St. Mary's Chapel, Sudeley Castle. Her coffin was opened a number of times first in 1782 when a few locks of her hair were taken by John Locust who observed that her body, "after 234 years, was in a surprisingly good condition. Reportedly the flesh on one of her arms was still white and moist" (Wikipedia)


Coffin birth or, more precisely, "post-mortem fetal extrusion" is the expulsion of a dead fetus from the decomposing body of a pregnant woman.

from Bones Don't Lie

New Morbid Terminology: Coffin Birth

Since I’m currently in the process of preparing to defend my dissertation (yay!), I’m going to be re-posting some of my favorite past articles! Recently, Caitlin Doughty of “Ask a…


He had several affairs, both with men and women, including one with his half-sister Augusta Leigh who gave birth to his daughter and one with Lady Caroline Lamb who famously referred to him as: 'Bad, mad and dangerous to know.'