Shakespeare's Richard III was 'complete fabrication'

Paul Daneman asShakespeare's Richard III
Paul Daneman played Shakespeare's Richard III in a 1960 BBC adaption. Credit: PA

Enthusiasts of Richard III have said a study examining his spine has shown the Shakespearean description of him as a "bunch-backed toad" is a "complete fabrication".

Scientists from the University of Leicester's School of Archaelogy and Ancient History produced a 3D reconstruction of the king's spine after his skeleton was found beneath a Leicester car park.

Dr Phil Stone, chairman of the Richard III Society, said it is "yet more proof that, while the plays are splendid dramas, they are also most certainly fiction not fact."

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Richard III not a 'bunch-backed toad' Shakespeare described

Richard III was not the "bunch-backed toad" described by William Shakespeare and was hardly affected by his famous deformity, a study has shown. Scientists found he had a "well balanced curve" that could have been concealed under clothes or armour.