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 and General Counsel of CATER. His anti-corruption work in Anaheim infuriated the Building Trades and Teamsters in spring 2014, leading them to work with the Democratic Party of Orange County Chair and other co-conspirators (who had long detested the internal oversight his presence provided) to remove him from the position of DPOC North Vice Chair of in violation of party rules and any semblance of due process. He also runs for office sometimes. Unless otherwise specifically stated, none of his writings prior to that lawless putsch ever spoke for the Democratic Party at the local, county, state, national, or galactic level. He tries to either suppress or openly acknowledge his partisan, issue, ideological, and "good government" biases in most of his writing here. If you have a question about any particular writing, just ask him about it and (unless you are an pseudonymous troll) he will probably answer you at painful length. He lives in Beautiful Bountiful Brea, but while he may brag about it he generally doesn't blog about it. A family member works as a campaign treasurer for candidates including Wendy Gabriella in AD-73; he doesn't directly profit from that relatively small compensation and it doesn't affect his coverage. He does advise some campaigns informally and (except where noted) without compensation.