Lady of Brefeillac Louise de Quengo
Human Mummy
(Image source: Rozenn Colleter/INRAP)
(Image source: Rozenn Colleter/INRAP)
Biographical Information
Name(s) Louise de Quengo
Age 65
Sex Female
Status Aristocrat
Height 1.45m (5 ft)
Culture French
Date(s) 1565
Site Convent of the Jacobins
Current Location
Location Rennes, FR
Catalog #

Louise de Quengo, also know as Lady of Brefeillac was from an aristocratic family inBrittany, a region in northwestern France. Her husband, Toussaint de Perrien, was a knight of  Brefeillac. After her husband died, one year before her own death, Louise de Quengo became a nun in the convent of the Jacobins in Rennes, France. This is where she was later buried in a lead coffin alongside the embalmed heart of her late husband and where her body was found centuries later. She was found buried in her habit which included a cape, brown twill dress, linen shirt, stockings and cork-soled shoes. Her face was covered and she wore two bonnets and a cap held in place by a headband. The lead coffin suggested her high standing in society.


The mummification process is considered to be natural. Her body was found to be in excellent condition. She was found holding the embalmed heart of her late husband.


A CT scan showed that her heart was expertly removed from her body as well. There is no certainty as to where her heart now rests or whether it is equally well preserved, however, it is speculated to be with her late husband, Toussaint de Perrien.


With the help of the University Hospital of Toulouse, the archaeologists determined through scans and X-rays that Louise de Quengo had lesions in her lungs which indicate she may have died from a lung infection (pneumonia, tuberculosis etc.). It was also found that she had kidney stones.

External Links


The History Blog. (n.d.). Retrieved November 20, 2017, from

Mackay, M. (2015, June 04). Preserved French noblewoman, aged 350. Retrieved November 20, 2017, from

Video, T. (2015, June 05). Archaeologists find 350-year-old French mummy. Retrieved November 20, 2017, from

Wife Discovered With Husband's Heart, Centuries After Death. (2017, February 14). Retrieved November 20, 2017, from

350-Year-Old French Mummy Discovered in Lead Coffin With Her Husband’s Heart in a Reliquary. (2015, June 05). Retrieved November 20, 2017, from

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