Richard III – New Spine Research

 
Shakespearean truth is theatrical truth, so is crunched, condensed and bended to fit the stage.
The same seems to apply for the spine of King Richard III…
 
New research confirms the side bending scoliosis and the higher right shoulder, though in combination with the found spiral helix form, King Richard III might have appeared normal to observers and rather un-handicapped in his movements.
 
This rather limits the potential timeframe of the ‘revealing’ of his ‘deformity’ down to his naked exposure in Leicester after his death. And, via the told and re-told versions of a century, enhanced and sensationalised, the stage version of Shakespeare’s King Richard III comes out.
 


 
Published report about the scientific reconstruction of King Richard III’s spine:
Research done by the University of Leicester in co-operation with the University of Cambridge, Loughborough University and the University Hospitals of Leicester.
(Copyright of the included material: University of Leicester)
 

 
Interactive model of the spine here:

(Copyright: University of Leicester)
 
Explanations and interview with Professor Bruno Morgan and Dr Piers Mitchell about their spine reconstruction here via SoundCloud:

 


 
Further background articles on the topic:
 

  • Antiquity: ‘The king in the car park’: new light on the death and burial of Richard III in the Grey Friars church, Leicester, in 1485, by Richard Buckley, Mathew Morris, Jo Appleby, Turi King, Deirdre O’Sullivan and Lin Foxhall (Antiquity, Volume: 87, Number: 336, Page: 519–538)
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  • Timees Literary Supplement (TLS): Richard Crookback, by Sarah Knight and Mary Ann Lund (06.02.2013)
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  • Scoliosis Research Society: Idiopathic Scoliosis

 
 


 
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March 8, 2014

Yorkshire MP in blast at Leicester over claims to rebury Richard III (Leicester Mercury)


March 8, 2014

Battle lines drawn over Richard III’s remains (Yorkshire Post)


February 28, 2014

Richard III events lined up for Gloucester (by Ben Falconer, Gloucester Citizen)


February 27, 2014

The Queen asks: Was Richard III REALLY found buried under a car park? (by Anthony Bond, Mirror)


February 27, 2014

Queen expresses shock at how her 14th great-grand uncle Richard III was found under a car park (by Sarah Griffiths, Daily Mail Online)


February 27, 2014

The Maligned King: The Reign of King Richard III with Annette Carson (by Olga Hughes, Nerdalicious (Blog))


February 27, 2014

Runner up: University of Leicester (The Guardian)


February 25, 2014

Petition launched to stop more Richard III tests (ITV.com)


February 25, 2014

King Richard III Audio Tour (by Leicester City Council, Visit Leicester)


February 25, 2014

Richard III DNA Test Sparks Controversy (by Stephanie Pappas, LiveScience)


 

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