Analysis Concludes King Died From Two Blows To The Head

September 17, 2014 2:23 AM

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Analysis Concludes King Died From Two Blows To The Head

Pathologists at the University of Leichester in England say Richard III was killed by a sharp weapon and spent his last moments without his helmet. Researchers led by Dr. Jo Appleby of the university's School of Archeology and Ancient History determined the English monarch, who died at Bosworth Battlefield in 1485 in the last decisive battle of the War of the Roses, suffered 11 wounds, three of which -- two to the head and one to the pelvis -- would have been fatal. The findings were published in Lancet.

“Richard’s injuries represent a sustained attack or an attack by several assailants with weapons from the later medieval period," Professor Sarah Hainsworth told the Leicester Mercury. “The wounds to the skull suggest that he was not wearing a helmet, and the absence of defensive wounds on his arms ...

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