Richard the Third or Someone Else the First?

I love this story so much. Now I love that there’s both a reconstruction of his face–in which he looks like he might have been constantly afflicted by bad gas–and a warning that we don’t know for certain that the body is his.

In Richard’s honor, I’m going to go lie down in the parking lot and pretend I can sleep undisturbed for hundreds of years. Crows will shit on me, but I won’t care.

10 thoughts on “Richard the Third or Someone Else the First?

  1. Dude looks like he’s seen the Laurence Olivier version. Makes me suspicious of the reconstruction–though those are often prove very accurate, in forensics, by this point.

  2. If that’s a real reconstruction of a face from the skeleton, I’d say it looks shockingly like the portrait in the National Gallery. And, of course, That would make the facial expression indicative not of gas but of pain from scoliosis. I’m pretty well inclined to accept that it’s Richard, given the scoliosis, the wounds, the radiocarbon dating, and the textual evidence about where he was buried. Though I suppose it’s possible that there was some other hunchback killed in battle at about the same time as Richard, whose body was also hacked about a lot after death and then buried in exactly the same friary as Richard’s reputedly was. Although really significant DNA evidence would be fun, too — then they could dig up the kids’ bodies they found in the Tower and see if they were related.

  3. My back hurts in sympathy when I look at the photo of his spine. I wonder if he wore a brace or what sort of treatment was available to him?

  4. Likely the riding was easier than coping indoors — he could have worn plate armor with built-in braces. Some of the time it would have been inappropriate, or a bit much, but he wouldn’t have had to feel all that conspicuous. (And the truth is that Richard (if he skeleton was he) had a fine reputation as a soldier.) Indoors, however, he would have been very conspicuous if he wore a brace. Clothing was getting much shorter and tighter than it had been for the previous couple of centuries, so he couldn’t just have covered up with a loose gown.

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