Richard III

On Tuesday, April 21, AIA Houston presents Prof. Sarah Hainsworth in a talk about the ‘rediscovery’ of Richard III. In the weeks before the talk, we share with you information relating to this phenomenal project.

One of the fascinating discoveries of the project was the physical evidence from the bones. For over 500 years, detractors (Shakespeare among the most famous) portrayed Richard III as a twisted, deformed tyrant. The remains that were found of the king put to rest the story of his skeletal deformities – it was immediately and dramatically apparent that Richard did indeed suffer from scoliosis. New questions now emerged: could medieval armor be made to fit a person with that degree of scoliosis, how could a person with such deformities fight ferociously in battle, could he sit astride a horse? Anecdotal evidence mentions his fighting ability, his horsemanship, and his graceful dancing. Could these stories be true? Enter the field of experimental archaeology and physiology to work to arrive at answers.

Today, we share the story of a young man who has the same type of scoliosis as Richard III. Researchers began working with him and the results are fascinating as shown in this video.




Don’t miss the talk on April 21, 2015 at 6:30 pm at the Houston Museum of Natural Science.