Monday, 4 February 2013

Richard III: The Royal Armouries' Bob Woosnam-Savage on the violent death of the King in battle

Bob Woosnam-Savage (third from left) with (left to right) Philippa Langley (Richard III Society), Dr Stuart J Hamilton (Deputy Chief Forensic Pathologist, East Midlands Forensic Pathology Unit, University of Leicester)  and Dr Jo Appleby (Lecturer in Human Bioarchaeology, University of Leicester)

Richard III: The Royal Armouries' Curator of European Edged Weapons Bob Woosnam-Savage, who was part of the team which investigated the Grey Friars skeleton, on the final moments of Richard III's life...

“What we have is a very tentative, first attempt to try and create a possible narrative reconstructing the last minutes and death of Richard III, the last king of England to die in battle.

It is extremely important to bear in mind that this is exactly that; a first attempt. It will no doubt evolve as more is discovered.

My narrative that follows is a synthesis, based upon various elements from the historical accounts - and what we presently understand the evidence the skeleton may possibly suggest. The scenario offered suggests just one possible scenario: