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Sep. 12th, 2012

01:35 pm - Fascinating archaeological news about Richard III

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Date:September 12th, 2012 09:28 pm (UTC)
I'm curious about how they will test the DNA for a link with Richard. I guess he has enough known descendants willing to part with a blood sample. This might at least conclusively rule the bones as *not* Richard's, if that is the case. However, if the DNA in the bones (assuming they find it, which they should) is consistent with that of the modern samples, it might still be tricky to prove that it belonged to Richard. Anyway, it's all fascinating!

By coincidence, I've been reading The Daughter of Time, by Josephine Tey. One or two friends rave about it, but I'm having trouble getting into the flow. I would prefer it as straight discursive history and not have it wrapped up as a mystery story with Scotland Yard characters.
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Date:September 13th, 2012 12:29 am (UTC)
According to one of the comments to the History Blog's post, hair from his brother, Edward IV, exists. And then there's this: http://plantagenetdna.webs.com/richardiiisdna.htm
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