Richard III’s back!

A blog I wrote for a Richard III blog

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Despite clear explanations by a spinal expert, the exact nature of Richard III’s spinal curvature is still being misconstrued and misunderstood. As an osteopath, I feel I am in a position to shed some definitive light on it.

Richard was portrayed by Shakespeare as a hunchback (“Bunch-backed toad”), with a withered arm and a limp.

The detailed examination of his spine by the experts has proved that he did not have a withered arm, and there was no evidence of a limp, either. If you think the bones are unlikely to show whether or not he had a withered arm you would be wrong, because the pull of muscles on the skeleton actually causes changes in the bone. That is why new born babies have no mastoid process (the bony part of the skull behind the ear) – it only develops after the baby is able to hold up its…

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Latest DNA Evidence

This says it very clearly!

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Contrary to the impression given by certain articles, the latest DNA evidence does not repeat not demonstrate that there was illegitimacy in the line of descent from Edward III to Richard III. It demonstrates it either there or in the line from Edward III to the present Duke of Beaufort. (The latter line, being longer, is statistically more probable, but that’s as much as we can say.)

In addition the present queen is not impacted in any way, as she is sovereign by statute. Specifically the Act of Settlement of 1701, which gives the throne to descendants of Sophia, Electress of Hanover. Her descent from Sophia is not involved in the DNA ‘chain’ in question.

Any information to the contrary is ‘spherical objects’.

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