King Richard III was probably hacked and stabbed to death in battle, according to a new study

September 17, 2014 2:27 PM

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King Richard III was probably hacked and stabbed to death in battle, according to a new study

A forensic study released on Wednesday offers a picture of the last gruesome moments of King Richard III’s life before he died in 1485. He was the last English king to die in battle. His real story was mangled in memory forever by Shakespeare: While he appears to have had scoliosis, a sideways curvature of the spine, he was not the hunchback portrayed by The Bard.

But the study confirms contemporary accounts of his death in battle. “Richard’s injuries represent a sustained attack or an attack by several assailants with weapons from the later medieval period,” said Sarah Hainsworth, a professor at the University of Leicester and a co-author of the study. “The ...

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