9 things we have learnt about Richard III since his body was found

Monday 18 August 2014 10:30
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Myths surrounding King Richard III are being debunked after the discovery of his body in a Leicester car park in 2012. Here is what we've learned:

1. A royal diet

His bones suggest he ate exotic meat including swan, crane, heron and egret.

2. No hunchback

Despite having scoliosis, tests show his curved spine would have been slight.

3. No withered arm

Skeletal analysis shows he did not have a withered arm.

4. Dental stress

His teeth were worn, perhaps by stress, and decayed from sugar.

5. The King’s appearance

With CT scans, scientists have been able to reconstruct his face.

6. Fotheringhay Castle

His teeth show he moved to the wetter location by the age of seven.

7. Riddled with roundworm

Researchers found his pelvis to be overrun with the parasite.

8. Wine

Yesterday, it was revealed that he drank at least a bottle of wine a day.

9. His death

His skeleton bares 10 battle-related injuries, including what is thought to be a fatal blow to the back of his skull.

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