The Richard III society updated its site today with a post that’s fairly confident the bones found at Grey Friars Leicester excavation that have been causing so much media interest are King Richards .The skeleton is in the right place ,fits Richards build and seems to have died in battle.
The director of corporate affairs for the Uni Richard Taylor is quoted as saying
We are not saying today that we have found King Richard III,” Richard Taylor, the university’s director of corporate affairs, told a news conference. “(But) this skeleton certainly has characteristics that warrant extensive, further detailed examination.
“We believe that the individual would have had severe scoliosis, which is a form of spinal curvature. This would have made his right shoulder appear visibly higher than his left shoulder,” Taylor said.
He said the skeleton was apparently of an adult male and in good condition. There were signs of trauma to the skull shortly before death, perhaps from a bladed instrument, and a barbed metal arrowhead was found between vertebrae of the upper back.
Lin Foxhall is quoted as saying
The individual we have discovered was plainly strong and active despite his disability, indeed it seems likely that he died in battle,” Foxhall sai
From other sources we discover the source for a DNA match
Enter into the drama Michael Ibsen, a furniture maker. It turns out King Richard the Third was his great-great, count up to sixteen, uncle. The reporter says, “So the phone rings, and someone says, ‘I’m a historian, you’re related to Richard III. Congratulations?” Ibsen replied, “More or less. I think he probably started the conversation by saying, ‘I’m not a lunatic.”
So Michael, a descendant of Richard III’s sister has provided DNA material. If it matches the skeleton with the hole in its head, that’ll be a good clue it’s the real thing
A big supporter of Good king Richard but being currently “between courses” I have been missing having reliable internal University sources Its frusting to try to sift fact from fiction in press and news reports so I have been eagly awaiting the Richard III society decision as though rumour in the press has been rife ,I do find they can be guilty of “not letting the truth get in the way of a good story ” so its good to know the society’s view