Facial Reconstructions Gives Us Clearer Picture of Richard III

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We recently had our own little controversy in Orange County at the beginning of winter about newly discovered bones of some apparent historical value, in which some commentary suggested that they be treated with something less than respect, leading to some contention and controversy.  So it is indeed timely that we have another, bigger and brighter, “dug-up bones” story to report now: is the winter of our discontent made glorious summer by this son of York?  (You know, Richard III.)

If you haven’t been following this story and need a Tudor, you can find none better than the Manchester Guardian, which has been reconstructing all aspects of the story in great detail.

Richard III's skeleton

Richard III’s scoliotic skeleton, now footloose.

In that publication, you’ll find that Leicester (home of Bosworth Field) and York (home of the Plantagenets) are now engaged in a tug of war over the bones.  But the really interesting news of the day is the release of a reconstruction showing the appearance of Richard III’s face!

This, of course, not it.  Although the above did lead directly to this …

… which one of us older folks will be happy to explain if and as needed. At least now you have a good place to discuss it all. We can work it out.  As for the bones: A hearse!  A hearse!

P.S. Those continual Native American complaints about their burial grounds and remains recovered from them not being treated with respect seem a little less absurd today, eh what?  (Go ahead, try to distinguish the situations, I dare you.)

About Greg Diamond

Prolix worker's rights and government accountability attorney. General Counsel of CATER, the Coalition of Anaheim Taxpayers for Economic Responsibility, a non-partisan group of people sick of local corruption. Deposed as Northern Vice Chair of DPOC in April 2014 when his anti-corruption and pro-consumer work in Anaheim infuriated the Building Trades and Teamsters in spring 2014, who then worked with the lawless and power-mad DPOC Chair to eliminate his internal oversight. Runs for office sometimes, so far to offer a challenge to someone nasty who would otherwise have run unopposed. Someday he might pick a fight intending to win it rather than just to dent someone. You'll know it when you see it. None of his pre-putsch writings ever spoke for the Democratic Party at the local, county, state, national, or galactic level. A family member works part-time as a campaign treasurer. He doesn't directly profit from that relatively small compensation and it doesn't affect his coverage. (He does not always favor her clients, though she might hesitate to take one that he hated. He does advise some local campaigns informally and generally without compensation. If that changes, he will declare the interest. He also runs a less frequently published blog called "The Brean," for his chosen hometown, where he is now fighting with its wealthiest and most avaricious citizen-donors. This just seems to be his way.