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Richard III - a reason to be discontent

If you've read the news today, you probably know that the remains of Richard III have been found in Leicester, England, underneath what was recently a parking lot. When Richard III was killed in battle, the site was occupied by the chapel at Greyfriars, a church that was later razed during the Restoration. It appears he may have been buried with his wrists tied together, and the grave wasn't quite long enough for his frame, so his head was in a bad position. No wonder he was discontent.

Richard's remains were identified by forensic evidence including circumstances (including location, wounds, and the scoliosis of the spine), carbon dating and DNA testing, and the results were positively identified here. If you're interested in hearing more about the historical Richard III and his treatment at Shakespeare's hands, you can read a past post from Brush Up Your Shakespeare Month a few years back.

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Feb. 6th, 2013 10:53 pm (UTC)
That would be so cool. Wonder if he'd look like his portrait?
Feb. 6th, 2013 10:52 pm (UTC)
No kidding.

Easier than proposing digging under an actual building, though.
Feb. 5th, 2013 05:30 am (UTC)
I got interested in the whole thing reading Josephine Tey's "Daughter of Time" years ago - another of her highly unconventional mystery stories; it would have been fascinating to see what she turned out if she'd lived longer. Someday I will need to go through the bibliography of that book and do a little actual historical reading. But it let me feel kinda smart already while reading the newspaper reports ;).
Feb. 6th, 2013 10:53 pm (UTC)
I haven't read any Tey, but may have to look for the book - it sounds interesting.
Feb. 6th, 2013 11:08 pm (UTC)
She only wrote 6 or 7 mysteries, and she is kind of an acquired taste, although as an Austen fan I think you have an edge. If you can read Dorothy Sayers' "The Nine Tailors" you'll have no problem with Tey, but action-packed it is not. "The Daughter of Time" is good, but it is a mystery story in which the detective is bedridden for the entire book. For my money "Brat Farrar" is still the best of the lot with "The Franchise Affair" in close second; don't start reading Tey with "The Man in the Queue" or "A Shilling for Candles," you'll get completely the wrong impression.
Feb. 5th, 2013 09:07 pm (UTC)
I read about that yesterday in the news. So fascinating!
Feb. 6th, 2013 10:54 pm (UTC)
It's really interesting - did you see the photo of his skeleton and how twisted his spine was?
Feb. 7th, 2013 03:56 pm (UTC)
It's fascinating! Yes, I saw the photos. I read three different news articles about the find. I don't know much about him, but it looks like he had scoliosis. I guess they really wanted him dead as he took an axe to the back of the skull and an arrow to the back as well! *shivers*
Feb. 7th, 2013 09:00 pm (UTC)
He did have scoliosis. He did not, however, have a withered hand, nor is it clear that he had a hump (although depending on the arc of his spine, it might have appeared that way).

Just found a picture online - his portrait, bearing the words "HIDE AND SEEK WORLD RECORD HOLDER" on it. Poor guy.
Feb. 6th, 2013 01:46 am (UTC)
Pretty nifty, eh?
Feb. 6th, 2013 10:54 pm (UTC)
I knew they'd dug a skeleton up last fall and it was probably him - so cool to see it confirmed, though!
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