Tuesday, 5 February 2013

Put a Face to a Name - Richard III Unmasked

We know Richard III as the last King of the House of York, the last of the Plantangenets and the last English King to die in battle.  He also lasted fairly well in a grave under a carpark in Leicester where he was finally brought back to life on February 6th 2013 via his dna and a startling facial reconstruction.
So it was all true. Everything we were led to believe.  Shakespeare said he was a crookback (scoliosisto us now). And the brutal death blow to the head. Supposedly at the hands of a Welshman and his halberd when the King's horse bogged in marshy land. Someone did a lot more than that however, as the skull was found to have signs of 10 blows to the head which I imagine did more than simply remove his helmet.
He then appears to be hurriedly buried under the floor of Greyfriars Church his wrists possibly still bound together.
What a wondrous thing archaeology is.

Facial Reconstruction of Richard III - courtesy Channel 4

- MM


  1. I found it interesting that the DNA was traced through his sister, Anne of York, to a family in Canada. Though the actual DNA swab was from the son living in London.

  2. Ohhh, sorry I meant to post the article too: http://www.thestar.com/news/gta/2013/02/04/canadian_dna_central_to_richard_iii_discovery.html

  3. Oh that's interesting. Most articles say it was from the Canadian Carpenter. But the swab was from the carpenters son? Is that right?
    Maybe I should have checked out your link. lol. Shall do that now. :)

  4. Okay, I am abreast of the family link now. :)