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 26, 2015

King Richard III reburial: RECAP on updates from Leicester (by Sam Adams, Mirror.co.uk)


March 26, 2015

King Richard III’s re-interment carries pomp and grandeur of state funeral (by Maev Kennedy, The Guardian)


March 26, 2015

King Richard III of England Is Reburied in Leicester Cathedral (by John F. Burns, New York Times)


March 26, 2015

Queen Elizabeth II’s Letter for King Richard III’s re-interment ceremony in Leicester Cathedral (by Queen Elizabeth II, Royal Letter)


March 26, 2015

Richard by Carol Ann Duffy (by Carol Ann Duffy, The Guardian)


March 26, 2015

Richard III – The Answers (by Matthew Lewis, Matt’s History Blog)


March 25, 2015

Richard III DNA tests uncover evidence of further royal scandal (by Ian Sample, The Guardian)


March 25, 2015

Richard III: 20,000 visit coffin in Leicester Cathedral (BBC News)


March 25, 2015

People start queuing at 4am for last chance to see Richard III coffin at Leicester Cathedral (by atroughton, Leicester Mercury)


March 25, 2015

King Richard III: Special digital edition now available to download (Leicester Mercury)


 

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