Wednesday, September 17, 2014

Lancet study: Richard III's cause of death identified

Researchers believe they have pinpointed King Richard III's cause of death, according to a new study in The Lancet. Speaking Speaking to CNN, co-author of the study, Professor Guy Rutty, says

The most likely injuries to have caused the king's death are the two to the inferior aspect of the skull -- a large sharp force trauma possibly from a sword or staff weapon, such as a halberd or bill, and a penetrating injury from the tip of an edged weapon...
Richard's head injuries are consistent with some near-contemporary accounts of the battle, which suggest that Richard abandoned his horse after it became stuck in a mire and was killed while fighting his enemies.
It's worth noting that while those might have been the killing blows, Richard suffered a total of nine head wounds, as well as two pelvic area wounds (although these, at least, most likely occurred after death). This was certainly a grim way to go...

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