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Richard III [Sep. 13th, 2012|10:05 am]
Tony Grist
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T
hey're scientists so they have to be careful not to leap to conclusions, but they've dug in the place where Richard was known to be buried and found the skeleton of a man with spinal curvature (which means one shoulder would have been higher than the other),  serious trauma to the skull and an arrow between the ribs; who else could it possibly be?

Redesmoor

With a gold ring round his helmet,
Fierce as a cornered hog,
The small man braved his enemies,
Unhorsed, down there in the bog,

Till William Gardner, commoner,
With knighthood on his mind,
And a damn big heavy poleaxe
Approached him from behind. 

Then all the saints and angels
To whom we used to pray
Came slithering out of heaven
Like trinkets from a tray.
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[User Picture]From: lblanchard
2012-09-13 11:34 am (UTC)
Remember before God
Richard III, King of England
and those who fell on Bosworth Field
having kept faith.
August 22, 1485
Loyaulte me lie.

I wish the latest report had included an estimate of the height of the man whose skeleton it is. Some reports say he was short; another says tall.
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[User Picture]From: poliphilo
2012-09-13 12:06 pm (UTC)
I've assumed he was small. If he turns out not to have been it will be no hardship to change "small" to "tall".

I'm hoping they'll do a facial reconstruction.
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[User Picture]From: sovay
2012-09-13 04:00 pm (UTC)
I'm hoping they'll do a facial reconstruction.

Yes!
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[User Picture]From: sovay
2013-02-04 02:40 pm (UTC)
If he turns out not to have been it will be no hardship to change "small" to "tall".

He'd have been tall without the spinal curvature. With it, much shorter than usual.

All of this just makes me very happy.
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[User Picture]From: sovay
2012-09-13 03:51 pm (UTC)
Came slithering out of heaven
Like trinkets from a tray.


I like this.

I would like it to be him. And then I wonder where he will be reburied, with honors. I don't think going back under the car park is a reasonable option.
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[User Picture]From: poliphilo
2012-09-13 03:56 pm (UTC)
Thanks.

I favour reburial in York Minster. He was well loved up here in the North.
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[User Picture]From: sovay
2012-09-13 04:02 pm (UTC)
I favour reburial in York Minster. He was well loved up here in the North.

You should propose it.
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[User Picture]From: poliphilo
2012-09-13 04:16 pm (UTC)
Someone already has. The discussion is well underway. I wonder who gets to make the final decision?

Another suggestion is the church of St Mary de Castro in Leicester. That would be my second choice. I'd rather he didn't go to London.
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[User Picture]From: lblanchard
2012-09-14 12:00 pm (UTC)
And he loved the North. He had his son invested as Prince of Wales in York Minster.
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[User Picture]From: veronikos
2012-09-13 05:34 pm (UTC)
Love the poem!
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[User Picture]From: poliphilo
2012-09-13 06:52 pm (UTC)
Thank you.

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