king richard Essay

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In an article titled “King Richard III’s Bones Reveal Fatal Blows, Scientists Say.” (Smith, Laura and Willingham, Val. “King Richard III’s Bones Reveal Fatal Blows, Scientists Say.” CNN.com September 17, 2014 web.) The article can be found at http://www.cnn.com/2014/09/16/world/europe/richard-iii-bones-injuries/index.html?hpt=hp_inthenews. Laura Smith and Val Willingham go into detail about the life and death of King Richard III whose remains were found underneath a parking lot two years ago. There is a lot of myth and legend surrounding his death but due to scientific research on the remains we have a clearer picture of what happened. The body was discovered to have suffered from eleven injuries either at or around the time of death. King Richard was known to have died in battle and the injuries found support this. “According to historians, the king's defeat and death at Bosworth Field ended the Wars of the Roses and marked the end of the Middle Ages in England. Though he was a royal, his body was given to local monks, and he was buried in a crude grave in an unknown location” (Smith, Laura and Willingham, Val. “King Richard III’s Bones Reveal Fatal Blows, Scientists Say.” CNN.com September 17, 2014 web.) Even though he had eleven injuries, only three were found to be fatal. "Richard's injuries represent a sustained attack or an attack by several assailants with weapons from the later medieval period," said Professor Sarah Hainsworth, one of the authors of the study.
"The wounds to the skull suggest that he was not wearing a helmet, and the absence of defensive wounds on his arms and hands indicate that he was otherwise still armored at the time of his death." (Smith, Laura and Willingham, Val. “King Richard III’s Bones Reveal Fatal Blows, Scientists Say.” CNN.com September 17, 2014 web.) Interestingly, even…