This is cool.
King Richard III has been a subject of mystery for more than 500 years. Did he really murder his little nephews, “the Princes in the Tower”? Did he really have a hunchback? Was he as evil as the lead character in Shakespeare’s Richard III? The king’s death in 1485 put an end to the Plantagenet line, which had ruled since the 1154 coronation of Henry II — and opened the way for the Tudors and the modern English state. But it did little to end the controversy. In fact, there’s a Richard III Society to this day, founded in 1924 to un-blacken the king’s name — and there’s a word in the English language, “Ricardian,” for people who defend his honor.
Well, now you can see Richard III’s face.
In 2012, researchers found the king’s long-lost resting place and dug up his skeleton. And then the Richard III Society used the skull to reconstruct some late medieval physiognomy. Click here to check it out (and scroll down, including for a video).
The linked article pretty much says it all, so I won’t go on and on, for once. But I have to point out: Richard’s skeleton has revealed more than a handsome visage. It turns out the king wasn’t a hunchback. He just had scoliosis.
© 2013 by David Carthage.