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YORKATT is wrong and Eric (if I have sufficiently distinguished between these geniuses) is right (Cartoon, September 15). Richard III would have to pay parking fines. He would not have been entitled to a Blue Badge.
Yorkatt has not read with attention the work of Philip Rhodes published in the British Medical Journal, 1977, 2, pp 1650-1652. I quote from Mr Rhodes’ article: “It now seems certain that Richard did not have a hunchback. There is no contemporary description that refers to any such abnormality.”
This may not have been due to any special weakness in the right arm, however, but to a general, relatively poor physique, which he might have thought needed strengthening. He seems to have been a redoubtable fighter.
Probably Richard III had no great bodily abnormality. He was slight of build, for which he tried to make up by vigorous exercises, especially fighting, and he had a raised right shoulder, but probably nothing else of interest or importance.
So I think that the Richard III Society (I am not a member) is entitled to say yah! boo! sucks! to Yorkatt.
Philip Johnson, Greencliffe Drive, Clifton , York.
• What efforts are being made to bring back Richard III’s body to York where he was loved and our last king? If not York his body should be buried at Middlehem in his castle. No way should it be left in Leicester, where he was betrayed by so many.
John Miles, Cumbria.