Henry died prematurely at Buonconvento, near Siena, on Aug. 24, 1313, just a year after he was crowned Holy Roman Emperor in Rome. Rumors of him being poisoned began to spread.
The emperor’s body was hastily buried. Not having enough time to treat the corpse for transportation, the emperor’s followers burned his body, detached the head and boiled it. His bones were kept in wine to better preserve them.