The winter isn’t quite so full of discontent, suddenly

I’ve been lucky enough to be able to follow the exciting Richard III news on Goodreads; heaven knows American news has been doing diddly all with it, so the Ricardians and Plantagenet fans online were where I learned about the excitement, and where I’ve been kept apprised of happenings.

What news, you say? THIS news.

The skull of Richard III

The skull of Richard III

It’s so extraordinarily cool. Even if he really did have a deformed back, which Ricardians have been refuting for ages (see Josephine Tey’s Daughter of Time). Shakespeare’s depiction of him was so very very bad, I guess they felt they had to refute it point by point, but he actually had scoliosis. We may never know how much else is true or false (princes in the Tower, and all), but it’s such a stunning thing to know exactly how he died, to be able to see that spine.

O to be in England now that the facial reconstruction’s done!

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9 Responses to The winter isn’t quite so full of discontent, suddenly

  1. Helen says:

    this is just so exciting – I’ve read so much recently; differing opinions on his physical state ie scoliosis, his mental stability, his relationships with his peers, his reasons behind his marriage etc etc etc … fascinating

  2. stewartry says:

    I know! I’ve been fascinated since the first time I read Daughter of Time – this is wonderful.

  3. Helen says:

    of course, much has been made up here of the “Canadian connection” :) thank goodness for science & dna or we would never have known

  4. stewartry says:

    That’s true, at least you had that! I haven’t seen a thing about it on our news till tonight.

  5. Helen says:

    it did make the news when they found Mr. Ibsen and wanted to do DNA testing, but has been pretty quiet until now of course. I have been occasionally wandering the net in search of news though

  6. stewartry says:

    Thank you! That’s great stuff. Poor Richard – Shakespeare’s version of him will never go away, no matter what.

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