Richard III

A team of specialists have discovered the body of Richard III - and a Leeds historian is piecing together just what happened to the man who gave battle in vain.

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The face of Richard III officially unveiled to the world's media

After centuries of speculation, the face of King Richard III has been unveiled

A reconstruction of the head of King Richard III has been unveiled to the world's media in London following yesterday's announcement that his skeleton had been found under a Leicester car park.

The model was built using a CT scan taken of the king's skull by the archaeological dig.

The unveiling is being held at The Society of Antiquaries in London.

Picture: Did this weapon kill Richard III?

Experts at the Royal Armouries in Leeds have revealed the sort of weapons which may have been used to kill Richard III Credit: ITV Calendar

Experts at the Royal Armouries in Leeds have revealed the sort of weapons which may have been used to kill Richard III.

Archaeologists in the midlands yesterday confirmed they had discovered the body of the last king of the House of York. Now a Leeds historian is piecing together just what happened to the man who gave battle in vain.

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Royal Armouries curator begins piecing together Richard III's death

A Royal Armouries expert has begun piecing together what happened to the Yorkist King Richard III in the moments leading up to his death.

Royal Armouries curator Bob Woosnam-Savage formed part of an expert team that confirmed the identity of the "skeleton in the car park" as those of England's last king to fall in battle - Richard III.

"Richard was described as leading a mounted charge against Henry Tudor in an attempt to kill him. Cutting down Tudor's standard bearer, Sir William Brandon, there is the possibility Richard's momentum was stalled by marshy ground, a feature confirmed by the recent archaeology of the Bosworth battlefield. His horse stuck, or slain, Richard, fully armoured, continues fighting manfully on foot, maybe only a few feet away from his intended target, Henry Tudor.

"**His armour, successfully protecting him up to this time, probably began to fail under ferocious attack. There is no evidence to say how long this sustained attack lasted but at some point it would appear that his helmet was forcibly removed (possibly cut or ripped away).

It is perhaps from these moments that the skeleton appears to begin to provide some glimpses of a possible scenario, regarding the dying moments of Richard III.

"At this time, Richard immediately receives more blows; a number of individual wounds from bladed weapons to the head, particularly to the top and rear of the skull, indicate a sustained and repeated attack on an unprotected head.

"However the skeleton bears other wounds which, if it were that of Richard, can only be explained as having been delivered after any armour was removed from the body. These 'insult injuries' might have included the small stab wound to the face; a stab in the back from behind, and perhaps most tellingly of all, a stab wound to the buttocks. **

– Bob Woosnam-Savage, Royal Armouries Curator

Yorkshire connections of King Richard III

The Yorkshire Branch of the Richard III Society claim, naturally, that Yorkshire was his favourite county of all. And that it was in Yorkshire that he was happiest, where he and his wife, Anne Neville, daughter of Warwick the Kingmaker made their first - and favourite - home, at Middleham Castle .

It was also in Yorkshire that that their only son, Edward was born in 1473, and spent most of his tragically short life. Debate is already underway as to whether the last Yorkist monarch should be brought 'home' - with some calling for the burial place to be York Minster.

The last English King to die in battle - he lived for 12 years in the North of England.Some historians say that although entitled to be buried at Westmister Abbey alongside other Kings and Queens of England, he had announced his intention to be buried at York.

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