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 25, 2015

Richard III: Donated white roses will play a part in the floral arrangements at reinterment (by Peter Warzynski, Leicester Mercury)


March 25, 2015

Hailing Richard III …the society king (Nottingham Post)


March 24, 2015

The Detective Novel That Convinced a Generation Richard III Wasn’t Evil (by Sara Polsky, The New Yorker)


March 24, 2015

Richard III’s funeral pall welcomed by traveling Ricardians (by Peter Warzynski, Leicester Mercury)


March 23, 2015

Richard III: When to view the king’s coffin at Leicester Cathedral on Monday, March 23 (Leicester Mercury)


March 23, 2015

Leicester Cathedral forced to stay open as huge crowds turn out to view the coffin of Richard III (by Peter Warzynski, Leicester Mercury)


March 23, 2015

Thousands line Leicester streets for glimpse of Richard III’s coffin (The Guardian)


March 23, 2015

Colin Baker to star in film about discovery of Richard III’s remains (by Harry Fletcher, DigitalSpy.co.uk)


March 22, 2015

King Richard III reinterment: Live (Leicester Mercury)


March 22, 2015

Richard III returns to Bosworth Field for final time (by Sarah Knapton, The Telegraph)


 

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