Richard III wasn't a hunchback scans reveal

York Press: Richard III Richard III

Richard III was not the limping “bunch back toad” portrayed by Shakespeare but a handsome man whose kinked spine would have been barely noticeable.

These are the findings of new research on the King’s skeleton after it was found in a car park in Leicester.

Experts have previously scoffed at Shakespeare’s description of Richard – because he was a warrior who would not be able to fight properly if badly deformed.

But now they have been proved right by a new 3D reconstruction of one of history’s most famous humps.

Scientists who carried out scans of the King's kinked spine found it had a "well balanced curve" that could have been concealed under clothes or armour.

His head and neck would have been straight, not tilted to one side, and there was also no evidence of a limp.

The findings prove Richard III was not lying when he described himself in his writings as "comely enough" and even "handsome". he 'was the most handsome man in the room after his brother, Edward IV'."

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10:32am Fri 30 May 14

andy fowler says...

Who cares??????
Who cares?????? andy fowler
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12:04pm Fri 30 May 14

CHISSY1 says...

andy fowler wrote:
Who cares??????
Nobody.
[quote][p][bold]andy fowler[/bold] wrote: Who cares??????[/p][/quote]Nobody. CHISSY1
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2:36pm Fri 30 May 14

Firedrake says...

In a funny sort of way I actually agree with Chissy and andy this time - despite being very interested in the whole RIII story (ancient and modern). I have never understood why the "hump" / "no hump" issue is still so emotive.

Okay - so back in the Middle Ages, physical disability was sometimes regarded as a symptom of inherant wickedness - but not now! Richard, luike anyone should be judged by his deeds, not his appearance.

"By their fruits ye shall know them"!
In a funny sort of way I actually agree with Chissy and andy this time - despite being very interested in the whole RIII story (ancient and modern). I have never understood why the "hump" / "no hump" issue is still so emotive. Okay - so back in the Middle Ages, physical disability was sometimes regarded as a symptom of inherant wickedness - but not now! Richard, luike anyone should be judged by his deeds, not his appearance. "By their fruits ye shall know them"! Firedrake
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6:19pm Fri 30 May 14

Emperor Palpatine says...

CHISSY1 wrote:
andy fowler wrote:
Who cares??????
Nobody.
For somebody who claims not to care you seem unable to resist posting something disparaging on nearly every article on Richard, either about the article itself or about those of us who are interested. Not your thing? Fine. Why not just go somewhere else and leave those of us who do take an interest in Richard in peace without having to read your endless invective. It's just boring now.

On a different note why does the article say he wasn't a hunchback and then go on to talk about "history's most famous humps". Don't the reporters make any attempt to proof read what they write?
[quote][p][bold]CHISSY1[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]andy fowler[/bold] wrote: Who cares??????[/p][/quote]Nobody.[/p][/quote]For somebody who claims not to care you seem unable to resist posting something disparaging on nearly every article on Richard, either about the article itself or about those of us who are interested. Not your thing? Fine. Why not just go somewhere else and leave those of us who do take an interest in Richard in peace without having to read your endless invective. It's just boring now. On a different note why does the article say he wasn't a hunchback and then go on to talk about "history's most famous humps". Don't the reporters make any attempt to proof read what they write? Emperor Palpatine
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8:35pm Fri 30 May 14

andy fowler says...

Emperor Palpatine wrote:
CHISSY1 wrote:
andy fowler wrote:
Who cares??????
Nobody.
For somebody who claims not to care you seem unable to resist posting something disparaging on nearly every article on Richard, either about the article itself or about those of us who are interested. Not your thing? Fine. Why not just go somewhere else and leave those of us who do take an interest in Richard in peace without having to read your endless invective. It's just boring now.

On a different note why does the article say he wasn't a hunchback and then go on to talk about "history's most famous humps". Don't the reporters make any attempt to proof read what they write?
He was a murderer.
[quote][p][bold]Emperor Palpatine[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]CHISSY1[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]andy fowler[/bold] wrote: Who cares??????[/p][/quote]Nobody.[/p][/quote]For somebody who claims not to care you seem unable to resist posting something disparaging on nearly every article on Richard, either about the article itself or about those of us who are interested. Not your thing? Fine. Why not just go somewhere else and leave those of us who do take an interest in Richard in peace without having to read your endless invective. It's just boring now. On a different note why does the article say he wasn't a hunchback and then go on to talk about "history's most famous humps". Don't the reporters make any attempt to proof read what they write?[/p][/quote]He was a murderer. andy fowler
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9:16pm Fri 30 May 14

Emperor Palpatine says...

andy fowler wrote:
Emperor Palpatine wrote:
CHISSY1 wrote:
andy fowler wrote:
Who cares??????
Nobody.
For somebody who claims not to care you seem unable to resist posting something disparaging on nearly every article on Richard, either about the article itself or about those of us who are interested. Not your thing? Fine. Why not just go somewhere else and leave those of us who do take an interest in Richard in peace without having to read your endless invective. It's just boring now.

On a different note why does the article say he wasn't a hunchback and then go on to talk about "history's most famous humps". Don't the reporters make any attempt to proof read what they write?
He was a murderer.
Possibly but there's no proof. The Princes could equally well have been killed by the Duke of Buckingham in an attempt to discredit Richard, Buckingham later rebelled and was executed. They could have died of disease, been murdered by Margaret Beaufort (Henry Tudor's mother) to clear the way for Tudor or have been smuggled out of the Tower, the pretender Perkin Warbeck may have been the younger of the boys. It's equally valid to say "Richard was not a murderer."

It's a fascinating mystery for those of us interested in history and of course it has a local connection and is relevant to modern times as Richard's remains have been discovered. My previous comment was aimed at Chissy BTW, not you.
[quote][p][bold]andy fowler[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Emperor Palpatine[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]CHISSY1[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]andy fowler[/bold] wrote: Who cares??????[/p][/quote]Nobody.[/p][/quote]For somebody who claims not to care you seem unable to resist posting something disparaging on nearly every article on Richard, either about the article itself or about those of us who are interested. Not your thing? Fine. Why not just go somewhere else and leave those of us who do take an interest in Richard in peace without having to read your endless invective. It's just boring now. On a different note why does the article say he wasn't a hunchback and then go on to talk about "history's most famous humps". Don't the reporters make any attempt to proof read what they write?[/p][/quote]He was a murderer.[/p][/quote]Possibly but there's no proof. The Princes could equally well have been killed by the Duke of Buckingham in an attempt to discredit Richard, Buckingham later rebelled and was executed. They could have died of disease, been murdered by Margaret Beaufort (Henry Tudor's mother) to clear the way for Tudor or have been smuggled out of the Tower, the pretender Perkin Warbeck may have been the younger of the boys. It's equally valid to say "Richard was not a murderer." It's a fascinating mystery for those of us interested in history and of course it has a local connection and is relevant to modern times as Richard's remains have been discovered. My previous comment was aimed at Chissy BTW, not you. Emperor Palpatine
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