Skip to comments.Richard III dig: Facial reconstruction shows how king may have looked
Posted on 02/04/2013 5:42:27 PM PST by beaversmom
A facial reconstruction based on the skull of Richard III has revealed how the English king may have looked.
A skeleton found under a car park in Leicester has been confirmed as that of the king.
The reconstructed face has a slightly arched nose and prominent chin, similar to features shown in portraits of Richard III painted after his death.
Historian and author John Ashdown-Hill said seeing it was "almost like being face to face with a real person".
The development comes after archaeologists from the University of Leicester confirmed the skeleton found last year was the 15th Century king's, with DNA from the bones having matched that of descendants of the monarch's family.
Richard, who was killed in the Battle of Bosworth in 1485 at the age of 32 after just two years on the throne, having been challenged by the forces of Henry Tudor, the future Henry VII. Continue reading the main story Richard III graphic
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Dr Ashdown-Hill, who wrote The Last Days of Richard III, said: "The most obvious features in portraits are the shape of the nose and the chin and both of those are visible in the facial reconstruction."
Richard III Society member Philippa Langley, originator of the search, said on a Channel 4 documentary earlier: "It doesn't look like the face of a tyrant. I'm sorry but it doesn't.
"He's very handsome. It's like you could just talk to him, have a conversation with him right now."
Layers of muscle and skin were added by computer to a scan of the skull and the result was made into a three-dimensional plastic model. 'In the presence'
Dr Ashdown-Hill said: "I had said previously that when I stood by the grave in Leicester that I felt closer to...
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Hapsburg chin? or am I in the wrong era of history?
He’s a good looking maligned king.
From being a king to buried under a parking lot....
There is hope for the U.S.
Oh, good grief. (laughing)
Don’t it always seem to go
That you don’t know what you got till it’s gone
They paved paradise and put up a parking lot
Hey, that’s MY nose!
Um, there's no shortage of medieval portraits of King Richard III that he himself sat for.
I can't help but notice that their 'scientific reconstruction' even got his hat right. Curiously looks just like the hat from all his portraits.
reconstruction' even got his hat right.
Cousins ~ multiple cousins. These people are all part of a large extended family that modern genealogists and historians call “the family”
I believe Richard preceeded any Hapsborg genetics in the royal line. He was the last of the Plantagenets.
LOL! You tried. I'm giving you a smiley face sticker for effort!
Good nutrition and living well.
You don’t want to put too much faith in their accuracy. Artists tended to make fairly flattering images of people who could have them beheaded.
No, actually, there aren't. None of the pictures made in life have survived. All the portraits we have were painted many years after his death, and some were deliberately uglified to make him seem extra-conniving and evil.
What I find shocking is his deeply scoliotic spine. How crushed his internal organs must have been when the curvature was so deep.
You stuned my Bieber!