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Title: Danes Want To Exhume Tycho Brahe In Prague
Post by: Bianca on January 20, 2009, 10:51:11 am

                                      Danes want to exhume Tycho Brahe in Prague

PragueDaily Monitor
/ January 20, 2009
Prague, Jan 19

- Danes want to exhume the remains of famous Danish astronomer Tycho de Brahe (1546-1601), who lived at the court of Czech King and Habsburg Emperor Rudolf II in Prague where he died and was buried in Prague's Tyn Church, the server has said.

The reason of the death of the famous Danish astronomer and the way how he died still remains a mystery. The Danish scientists rightly suspect that he was murdered on the orders of Danish King Christian IV.

A team of Danish researchers wants to come to Prague and exhume the remains of Brahe.

Historian Peter Christensen recently shocked the Danish public by his discovery of a diary of Brahe's alleged murderer. It was allegedly Swedish aristocrat Erik Brahe, Tycho de Brahe's distant relative.

However, a statement that the murder was ordered by Danish King Christian IV himself is the most surprising part of his revelation. This can cast a shadow on Denmark's history because King Christian IV is considered an educated ruler and a positive figure in Danish history.

The scientific team whose task will be to take a sample of bones from Tycho de Brahe's remains is to be headed by archeologist Jens Vellev who is a supporter of the theory about his murder.

A parish near the church of Our Lady before Tyn in Prague's Old Town confirmed to that they have really received a request for the opening of Brahe's grave.

"The matter is in the stage of consideration. As far as I know no decision has been made yet. The final say is up to Cardinal Miloslav Vlk," Stepan Filipec, Tyn Church pastoral assistant, told the server.

Czech heritage protectors should also issue their position. There has been no burials in churches since the time of King Joseph II in the late 18th century and the opening of such an old tomb is extraordinary, he said.

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Title: Re: Danes Want To Exhume Tycho Brahe In Prague
Post by: Bianca on January 23, 2009, 02:42:55 pm

                              400-year-old murder mystery of astronomer 'to be solved'

A tale of murderous intrigue involving a king, a queen and a brilliant scientist could finally come to a close after 400 years as researchers are preparing to exhume the remains of the celebrated Danish astronomer Tycho Brahe following new leads that he was poisoned by a contract killer in 1601.
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23 Jan 2009

Tycho, known by his first name was the custom of the epoch. He has gained scientific repute for his unparalleled bare-eye observations of the skies before telescope was invented and became the first astronomer to discover a supernova, as well to catalogue over thousand new stars.

The flamboyant aristocrat was also famous for his eccentric lifestyle and appearance: he is said to have lost his nose in a drunken duel as a student and used various prostheses of gold, silver and copper. His favourite pet was a moose that entertained the guests at his castle on the island of Hven off the Danish coast, accompanied by a supposedly clairvoyant dwarf named Jepp. The moose died after falling down the stairs following a dinner party when it was given too much beer to drink.

Danish researchers have now found evidence that Tycho, who was also revered as an astrologist and alchemist, was murdered on the orders of his king, Christian IV of Denmark, who instructed the astronomer's cousin to poison him with mercury.

The new leads derive from the diary of Count Eric Brahe, the alleged murderer and a distant relative to the astronomer, who travelled to Prague, where Tycho settled towards the end of his life, to meet Tycho days before his death.

"The diary contains the details of the attack and, indirectly, the murderer's confession," said Professor Peter Andersen, a specialist on literature and history of the Danish renaissance, who found the lost diary last year.

Professor Andersen claims that King Christian IV ordered the murder of Tycho because of rumours that the astronomer had a liaison with his mother, Queen Sophie, and could even have been his father. He even believes that Shakespeare was aware of the rumour and that he might have used it as inspiration for the plot of Hamlet, which was written around the time of Tycho's death.

Historians have so far been unable to explain why King Christian IV turned against Tycho, who was Denmark's most popular scientist, and forced him to flee to Prague and take up service with the Habsburg Emperor Rudolph II.

An analysis of hair from Tycho's beard kept in a Czech museum has confirmed that he ingested a large and probably lethal dose of mercury on the day before his death, when he was visited by his cousin.

An international team of archaeologists and forensic experts headed by the Danish archaeologist Jens Vellev from the University of Aarhus have now filed a request to exhume Tycho's remains from the ancient vault in the Tyn Cathedral in central Prague.

A popular legend has so far indicated that Tycho died after his bladder burst at a banquet organised by a German baron in Prague because he was too polite to excuse himself from the festive occasion.