September 13th, 2012

Richard III

File:Richard III earliest surviving portrait.jpg

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.