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Richard’s Hunchback description too exaggerated, he was capable of engaging in Battle
- Updated: May 30, 2014
A ‘good tailor’ could have hidden Richard III’s hunchback, according to a new study. A scan on his skeleton suggests that he was capable of lifting a sword and taking part in battle.
Richard, the Plantagenet king, suffered from scoliosis which is a curvature of spine. His skeleton was discovered in 2012 under a car park at Leicester.
In art and literature, Richard is portrayed as a crippled ‘hunchback’ who limped and struggled in battle. New scans on his skeleton have revealed that the curve on his spine could not have incapacitated him much and it has been much exaggerated by literature.
Researchers at Leicester University have even made a 3D model of the spine. Although shoulder was a little higher, his curve ‘well balanced’ curve ensured that his head and neck remained straight and not tilted to one side.
The team concluded that his condition would not have been seen if he wore well designed clothes
Dr. Jo Appleby although the scoliosis looked dramatic, it couldn’t have caused major deformity in him because his curve was well balanced. The curve couldn’t have prevented him from being active and there is no evidence that he had a limp as his leg bones were symmetric and normal.
He died during the Battle of Bosworth field and became the last English king to die in war. After a long disagreement on where his was to be interred, his bones were reburied at Leicester Cathedral. The 530th anniversary of his death will be next year
Renowned literature guru, William Shakespeare, described him as a ‘poisonous bunch-back’d toad’, an ‘elvish-mark’d, abortive, rooting hog,’ and ‘loathed issue of thy father’s loins.” But new studies have contradicted that description.
Internet users will be able to rotate the model spine to have a clear view of the curvature.