Famous Remains: The Story of Three Cadavers

The strange story of what happened to three famous people, Oliver Cromwell, Catherine Parr and George 'Big Nose' Parrot, after they had shuffled off their mortal coil, illustrates our convoluted history of, and reaction to, mortal remains.

This is original content based on research by The History Guy. Images in the Public Domain are carefully selected and provide illustration. As very few images of the actual event are available in the Public Domain, images of similar objects and events are used for illustration.

Certain photos courtesy the Carbon County Museum, Rawlins Wyoming: www.carboncountymuseum.org/

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  • Well, now I know about Big Nose George shoes. I guess I'll add that to the same mental file as the soap made from human fat I've seen.

    Jenny MundayJenny Munday11 өдрийн өмнө
  • A corpse is a corpse, of course of course...

    soslothfulsoslothful26 өдрийн өмнө
  • Omaha native here huh might go see that skull cap

    Jacob HuckleberryJacob Huckleberry27 өдрийн өмнө
  • 6:32 is that Anne of Cleves?

    Flygirl flyFlygirl flyСарын өмнө
  • History Guy, you should reach out to Ask A Mortician and do a crossover episode of Iconic Corpses That Deserve To Be Remembered

    C. W. Johnson JrC. W. Johnson JrСарын өмнө
  • Girl Outings Today: Let's take some Instagram photos that make use look like models. Girl Outings In The Past: Hey, is that a coffin? Let's dig it up and see whose inside.

    C. W. Johnson JrC. W. Johnson JrСарын өмнө
  • As always, an outstanding video. Your mentioning Catherine Parr and Henry VIII reminds me of what Henry VIII did to Thomas Beckett's after he became head of the Church of England. He exhumed the body and burned it and and called him a traitor(Beckett's remains were eventually recovered and reburied in an undisclosed location). ALSO, there was a RATHER MACABRE incident known as THE CADAVER SYNOD(this occurred in the Middle Ages) where a Pope despised his predecessor so much he put the corpse on trial. He, then, cut off the dead Pope's fingers used for blessings, burned the body and dumped the ashes in the Tiber river.😬😬😬✌✌✌✌

    Matthew PoplawskiMatthew PoplawskiСарын өмнө
  • General "mad" Anthony Wayne had an interesting burial story. You might want to post it around halloween.

    Tony MirarchiTony MirarchiСарын өмнө
  • Cardinal Richeleu's head was used as a soccer ball during the French Revolution. James II's body, buried in Paris just disappeared. Cortez's remains were moved during Mexican Revolution, never found. Papa Doc Duvaluier's tomb was empty when opened in Haiti. He said "I will always walk among my people"

    Paul HerzogPaul HerzogСарын өмнө
  • Randomly shows Henry’s wife the one who was the second divorced wife.

    MysticDragonWolfMysticDragonWolfСарын өмнө
  • I had heard that it was very popular to use the top of somebody’s skull as a doorstop in the 1930s

    Steve WeiserSteve WeiserСарын өмнө
  • If you think that's bad look at what happened to Napoleon's penis.

    davesydavesyСарын өмнө
  • You should also look into the story of Samuel de Champlain's heart,

    Donald SwalskyDonald SwalskyСарын өмнө
  • I want a eco burial, wrapped in a cotton shroud and a tree planted over me. No embalming, no casket, no cremation.

    Patrick SandersPatrick SandersСарын өмнө
  • The portrait of the woman at 6:35 is that, I believe,of Anne of Cleves, Henry viii's 4th wife.

    Latticewood SpobianceLatticewood SpobianceСарын өмнө
  • Would you ever consider covering the 'Corpse Queen' of Portugal, Inês de Castro?

    Kenni CumberbatchKenni Cumberbatch2 сарын өмнө
  • If your looking for a future Halloween subject, I'd suggest doing one on lead lined coffins like Lincoln or lead coffins. Col. Shy was put in a lead coffin in the civil war. The grave was looted in 1977. The coroner thought the body was 6 weeks old. He later admitted missing the t.o.d. by 113 years.

    Bill D.Bill D.2 сарын өмнө
  • And the ones who believe in me, even after death, will live. Thanks history guy

    marty mcmannismarty mcmannis3 сарын өмнө
  • Weird, may I say.

    Robert MorrisRobert Morris4 сарын өмнө
  • In the silence that followed, The only sound that could be heard was a solitary giggle from. Oliver Cromwell, Lord Protector of England

    wackywankavatorwackywankavator5 сарын өмнө
  • why do people do this?

    Stelladona Confredo ButlerStelladona Confredo Butler5 сарын өмнө
  • Famous Remains. Iconic Corpses you could say.

    King Henry VIIIKing Henry VIII5 сарын өмнө
  • The little skulls on the bowtie made my day.

    Tori GegelTori Gegel5 сарын өмнө
  • I’m still cringing over the shoes

    Veronica EvansVeronica Evans5 сарын өмнө
  • Oliver Cromwell story is quite epic. Here is a British 2-hour feature film on MNthe Red: mnthe.info/bill/video/fbNv2nzPcZCbj6o

    Y BY B5 сарын өмнө
  • Wonderful - thank you! Might I respectfully suggest looking into the mortal remains of Jeremy Bentham?

    Chris KingChris King6 сарын өмнө
  • THG should do a series on the disrespectful way President Lincoln's body was treated AFTER an attempted theft. At one point, it was hidden under a pile of trash.

    Cecil RichardsonCecil Richardson6 сарын өмнө
  • The Korean War officially began in June 25, 1950 when North Korea invaded South Korea in pursuit of a unified communist state. The United Nations was quick to denounce the move, pledging assistance to the South Koreans - where the the combined South Korean and UN forces would engage in some of the largest tank battles of the war 👉 mnthe.info/bill/video/opGfy3jIeYZ0jYw

    TheTwinangelsTheTwinangels6 сарын өмнө
  • Look into the demise of Henry Wheeler Shaw...

    Hacklebernie GrundsauHacklebernie Grundsau6 сарын өмнө
  • "Child Bed Fever" is my least favourite Ted Nugent song.

    J HauseJ Hause6 сарын өмнө
  • Weird stuff. How about Einstein's brain?

    David AndersonDavid Anderson6 сарын өмнө
  • Might I suggest the History of Color Film, particularly Technicolor, which brightened my childhood, and still does! I am enamored of an early 3 strip (the kind we all loved) Technicolor episode featuring Henry Busse and his Orchestra doing his number 1 hit from 1934, (done in 1935) at the Lido in California at I think the legendary Ambassador Hotel. Stunning-restoration on that! Thank You again. Now to catch up on this and other episodes from my 37 day hospitalization! David

    David LoganSrDavid LoganSr6 сарын өмнө
  • Cromwell was a vile man guilty of genocide in Ireland, he was all too quick to kill "Papists" and any people who didn't conform to his puritanical ideals. He got far less than he deserved, even in death.

    centurion twofivezeroonecenturion twofivezeroone6 сарын өмнө
  • @ 6:01 - Soudley is pronounced "Soodley", and Gloucestershire is "Gloster-sh". :)

    PulaskiPulaski7 сарын өмнө
  • Should have added Johan de Witt

    lpburdeklpburdek7 сарын өмнө
  • After WWII, the Germans adopted a new constitution that starts with the sentence "Human dignity is unimpeachable".

    Bernard FinucaneBernard Finucane7 сарын өмнө
  • John Paul Jones took quite awhile to find a permanent tomb ....

    D.A. RisseD.A. Risse7 сарын өмнө
  • What's with the portrait of Anne of Cleaves?

    Aubrey AckermannAubrey Ackermann7 сарын өмнө
  • There is a story - perhaps apocryphal - of someone hawking Cromwell's head alongside a smaller head which, according to the salesman, was "Cromwell's head when he was younger".

    Andrew GruffuddAndrew Gruffudd7 сарын өмнө
  • After Catherine Parr's body was discovered in the 1700's, why didn't the British Crown take possession of it and bury it someplace where it would be safe, such as Westminster?

    Anders SAnders S7 сарын өмнө
  • When I die, I would like to be cremated and have my ashes mixed with some concrete and formed into a small garden water feature. My ' remains ' will be in a beautiful garden helping to make a soothing water sound for people to enjoy.

    George EchevesteGeorge Echeveste7 сарын өмнө
  • Big nose "Parrot" would have made a good pirate with a talking parrot.

    Willoughby1888 of Honah Lee by the SeaWilloughby1888 of Honah Lee by the Sea7 сарын өмнө
  • Really? But why nobody mentions how much America as a nation, private and state, invests in medical achievements and advances? The majority of medicines, surgical techniques and medical devices in the world were made by Americans and their money. Then by Socialist Neo-Lib/Con practices, some actually good but the majority criminal, everything is made and sold cheaply in other countries... those with Marxist collective medicine like England and Canada. And medicine is one aspect, other technologies are the same. "America must embrace socialism"… sure sure sure

    Rebecca CampbellRebecca Campbell7 сарын өмнө
  • I read about Big Nose George years ago. Apparently his nose was too big to close the casket and so they slammed it down on him, breaking his famous nose.

    Alex ThorpeAlex Thorpe7 сарын өмнө
  • Gotta tell you...people skin shoes are unacceptable. Just bury the man.

    K ManwarrenK Manwarren7 сарын өмнө
  • A great video as always. FYI it's pronounced "Sood-lee" castle rather than "Sud-lee"

    David EvansDavid Evans7 сарын өмнө
  • Hiya

    William T. MusilWilliam T. Musil7 сарын өмнө
  • Human burial rituals are retarded.

    Ben LarsonBen Larson7 сарын өмнө
  • I initially thot it would include the story of when they were shooting an episode of the "6 Million Dollar Man" in the 70's & someone bumped against a waxwork dummy on set knocking its arm off. When they had a closer look it turned out to be the embalmed remains of an old West outlaw who'd been exhibited over the decades since he'd been killed.

    Jimi DeeJimi Dee7 сарын өмнө
  • Did I see you on the news talking about Joe Biden's plagiarism like twenty some years ago?

    Rob HubbellRob Hubbell7 сарын өмнө
  • Wonderful, I do so enjoy your work! I love history, and discovering all your gems of historical curiosities has been great. Just btw though - at 6:30 you talk about Catherine Howard's daughter (with Tom Seymour), then Lady Jane Grey...but the portrait you display isn't either of them. It's Henry VIII's 4th wife, Anne of Cleves). 🤷‍♀️🙂

    HM GarthHM Garth7 сарын өмнө
  • Interesting, very interesting, sir.

    Frank GullaFrank Gulla7 сарын өмнө
  • Te history of the Black Hills is very interesting.

    Joseph N. PollaroJoseph N. Pollaro7 сарын өмнө
  • Another interesting story of human remains is that of Elmer McCurdy. Incidentally enough it was a young boy's brush with this man's remains that may have inspired the He-Man character Skeletor.

    Ben JenkinsBen Jenkins7 сарын өмнө
  • Things are changing, at least where I live (North east Urban America) we are moving to simple cremation and an (almost) Irish style meal at home. I still have a small container of my father's ashes

    Timothy DingmanTimothy Dingman7 сарын өмнө
  • Humankind has a violent past

    Judit KovacsJudit Kovacs7 сарын өмнө
  • I thought I had clicked on Caitlin Doughty's channel.

    Jazz DadJazz Dad7 сарын өмнө
  • Love the skull and crossbones bow tie....

    Pedro TheSwiftPedro TheSwift7 сарын өмнө
  • The fact that "Big nose" George's body went through so much and still sits in a museum (what's left at least) is at first disturbing to me but I remember hearing somewhere that a man is only,truly dead when he is forgotten completely.

    smokeystripersmokeystriper7 сарын өмнө
  • How did you forget the remains of Elmer McCurdy?

    raiderking69raiderking697 сарын өмнө
  • Jeremy Bentham.

    Roger SheddyRoger Sheddy7 сарын өмнө
  • Fascinating in a gruesome way, but presented with humor and light-heartedness by The History Guy.👻

    Chuck KottkeChuck Kottke7 сарын өмнө
  • Got a wyoming beef council ad part of the way thru this and thats a little bit of an odd choice

    Twisty SunshineTwisty Sunshine7 сарын өмнө
  • This was excellent in all but one respect, that it wasn't a collaboration with Caitlin Doughty as an 'Iconic Corpse's' crossover!

    4one144one147 сарын өмнө
  • cromwell deserved any of what happened to him

    Removicus KebabusRemovicus Kebabus7 сарын өмнө
  • 6:35 I think that is Anne of Cleves.

    Scott McLennanScott McLennan7 сарын өмнө
  • I just noticed that you have a model of the Galaxy class USS Enterprise NCC-1701-D!

    Alex CantoranAlex Cantoran7 сарын өмнө
  • I just discovered your channel now. I subscribed right away upon seeing your earnestness. Thank you so much for your efforts and this episode. Bravo!

    Monique CardellMonique Cardell7 сарын өмнө
  • I "dig" this story.

    Brent ConnerBrent Conner7 сарын өмнө
  • The concepts of embalming, crypts, elaborate coffins seems bizarre to me. A shroud and 6 foot deep hole in the ground seems adequate to me. A simple pine box if the burial spot is far from the where death occurred, or perhaps a barrel of rum!

    Rich DobbsRich Dobbs7 сарын өмнө
  • My goodness....thank you.

    Darlene FarmerDarlene Farmer7 сарын өмнө
  • Hello there Sir. I very much enjoy the variety of subjects you cover. I recently learned of a subject called The Cuyahoga River Fire. I have researched it a bit but feel the subject is not well covered in the articles and videos I have viewed. I think you have the skill and knack to give the forgotten events their due attention.

    1959MackB611959MackB617 сарын өмнө
  • full of joe biden adscomplete failure

    rbigbore50rbigbore507 сарын өмнө
  • Thank you for sharing this very interesting article with me !

    STEVE ClarkSTEVE Clark7 сарын өмнө
  • Chuck me in a peat bog and drink a toast.

    Opal MinerOpal Miner7 сарын өмнө
  • " What did it matter where you lay once you were dead? In a dirty sump or in a marble tower on top of a high hill? You were dead, you were sleeping the big sleep, you were not bothered by things like that. Oil and water were the same as wind and air to you. You just slept the big sleep, not caring about the nastiness of how you died or where you fell." The Big Sleep Raymond Chandler " Well, I guess he had it coming." " We all have it coming, kid." The Unforgiven

    Allen AtkinsAllen Atkins7 сарын өмнө
  • It is fitting that a doctor who harvested, commissioned & prized his "manskin" shoes was also a leading politician. _politics: poly (Gr "many") + ticks (En "bloodsucking parasites")_

    77thTrombone77thTrombone7 сарын өмнө
  • humans are weird

    wraith knightwraith knight7 сарын өмнө
  • Excellent video! I'm surprised you didn't include the remains of Elmer McCurdy in the list.

    otakop67otakop677 сарын өмнө
  • Sudeley. Pronounced Syoodley. Rhymes with rudely. Always best to get our crazy English named right...

    prodiver7prodiver77 сарын өмнө
  • Ugh!!

    teenie neenieteenie neenie7 сарын өмнө
  • I really appreciate the little windows into life you bring us. Please do a story on the lost / misplaced remains of the great naval hero John Paul Jones and his eventual return to America.

    reddrockingeezerreddrockingeezer7 сарын өмнө
  • Speaking of cadaver’s head. Maybe you could speak about the misadventures of the composer, Haydn, and how his current remains ended up with two heads interred today.

    YukiSobaYukiSoba7 сарын өмнө
  • You could have added a 4th cadaver if you had researched the remains of Abraham Lincoln. Very unusual story IIRC.

    Tom MonkTom Monk7 сарын өмнө
  • History Guy & Tucker Carlson have the exact same voice.

    Andrew Kennedy-ReaganAndrew Kennedy-Reagan7 сарын өмнө
  • wonder why royals and pope had lead coffins?

    92bagder92bagder7 сарын өмнө
  • Definitely macabre! Thanks.

    Patricia SlocumPatricia Slocum7 сарын өмнө
  • isn't there a story about Abraham Lincoln's body?

    gdbanks75gdbanks757 сарын өмнө
  • "Stiff" ---- The Curious Lives of Cadavers" by Mary Roach is a good primer into the things one can do with dead human bodies, preferably, and hopefully, legally. The MNthe channel of the woman who calls herself The Sexy Mortician is also good for some interesting stories.

    good 'ungood 'un7 сарын өмнө
  • ...one wonders how the remains of our present-day villiains -- obama, clinton(s), holder, jarrett, rice, comey, schumer, mueller, waters, horono, harris, omar, holder, vindman, yovanovitch, blaise-ford, ocasio-cortez, booker, tlaib, coats, bidens, pelosi, et al -- will be treated?

    StandsWithABeerStandsWithABeer7 сарын өмнө
  • At 6:35 you've shown the Holbein Anne of Cleve's portrait; a bit earlier you show what looks to be an engraving of Catherine of Aragon. Just FYI.

    BethBeth7 сарын өмнө
  • How we treat the living says a great deal about us also.

    Paul SimmonsPaul Simmons7 сарын өмнө
  • Well done story... even better than usual! Loved the tie.

    Don CelyDon Cely7 сарын өмнө
  • ...and let us also remember the fate of the remains of William Wallace...Limbs spread about to the far corners of the kingdom...to quell those irascible dissenters....

    Chi SWsuburbsChi SWsuburbs7 сарын өмнө
  • lol when I saw THC I thought this dude smoked weed

    0Paul 00Paul 07 сарын өмнө
  • Back to Wyoming! Welcome home :-)

    Dr Joseph V RussoDr Joseph V Russo7 сарын өмнө
  • Rung up the curtain and joined the choir immortal. Too funny.

    Elliot SmithElliot Smith7 сарын өмнө
  • You should team up with Caitlin Doughty for a video. mnthe.info

    John InnisJohn Innis7 сарын өмнө
  • The robot "Mr. Electro" from the '39 World's Fair, was spotted in a ca. 1963 SF movie... Have to wonder where he and his dog Sparko are today...

    Pygar2Pygar27 сарын өмнө
  • At 6:32 you show the picture of Anne of Cleves by Holbein, not Lady Jane Grey or Catherine Parr.

    JohnJohn7 сарын өмнө