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Richard the third?


Richard the third?

What did it mean to eat like a king in the late-15th century? For Britain's Richard III, immortalized by Shakespeare as a "poisonous bunch-backed toad," it meant dining on exotic birds like swan, crane and heron, all washed down with a bottle of wine.

New research carried out by scientists in Britain has shown that Richard's consumption of alcohol dramatically increased after he became king in 1483, allegedly ordering the murders of his two young nephews along the way.
"Richard's diet when he was king was far richer than that of other equivalent high status individuals in the late medieval period," Dr. Angela Lamb of the British Geological Survey told Sky News. "We know he was banqueting a lot more, there was a lot of wine indicated at those banquets and tying all that together with the bone chemistry it looks like this feasting had quite an impact on his body in the last few years of his life."

In analyzing the remains of England's last Yorkist king, researchers measured the levels of certain chemicals in Richard's bones and teeth. Chemicals such as nitrogen, oxygen, carbon and lead correlate to a person's geographic location and diet. In the case of Richard III, the analysis showed that he consumed a variety of exotic meats, as well as freshwater fish like pike.

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A short history of Shakespeare's Richard the third:

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New tomb designed for Richard the Third:

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{ Richard the third was and still is a fascination historical character. He may or may not have been a villain as Shakespeare wrote him as the playwright was no historian and at the time he was caught up in the politics of the Plantagenet's and Tudors and wanted to please Elisabeth the first.

"The remains of Richard III were discovered by archaeologists in a council car park in Leicester in 2012. There had been heated discussions as to where the king was to be reburied before the high court confirmed he would be laid to rest in Leicester Cathedral. Richard died in the battle of Bosworth in 1485. It has been confirmed that Richard III had a curvature of the spine, although rumours of a withered arm haven't been verfied from the bones found in the Leicester car park last year. Scientists discovered the king was riddled with roundworm after finding large numbers of the parasite’s eggs in soil taken from Richard III’s pelvic region. The find suggests that the king’s intestines were infected with roundworm during his life."

The ceremony of reburial will take place in March of next year.}

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