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Richard III!

And wasn't that a beautiful piece of interdisciplinary sleuthing?

Next, please heaven, Cardenio.



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Feb. 4th, 2013 06:14 pm (UTC)
Yes, Cardenio! Not Theobald's, not Greenblatt's, nor Taylor's, but Shakespeare's.
Feb. 4th, 2013 06:21 pm (UTC)
Re: Seconded
In his and Fletcher's hands.

Feb. 4th, 2013 06:43 pm (UTC)
Leicester Univ. is excellent at this kind of cross-departmental and disciplinary work. I was lucky enough to work there for 2 years and that was one of the best things about it.
Feb. 4th, 2013 06:54 pm (UTC)
Lucky indeed.

Feb. 4th, 2013 06:59 pm (UTC)
One of my cousins will be looking at colleges soon and wants to study history. Or science. Or both. So I pointed her at this link. :)
Feb. 4th, 2013 07:27 pm (UTC)
The best of good luck to her! I'll bet that applications to Leicester rise sharply after ths.


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Feb. 4th, 2013 07:02 pm (UTC)
And wasn't that a beautiful piece of interdisciplinary sleuthing?

That was great science.
Feb. 4th, 2013 07:28 pm (UTC)
Truly. Elegant, restrained, and thorough.

Feb. 4th, 2013 09:32 pm (UTC)
I am fascinated by the osteoarchaeology, especially the "unusually slender, almost feminine," gracile build. But also the evidence of a diet rich in seafood (all those fast days).

One scientist (I've mislaid the link) said he may have stood as much as a foot shorter than his actual height, poor fellow. That must have been deeply uncomfortable to say the least. What a figure in battle! I wonder if his armour would have functioned as a sort of brace?

Feb. 5th, 2013 01:54 am (UTC)
It's been fascinating. There was a very good documentary about the whole thing on Channel 4 this evening which is available on their site, but I'm not sure if it will work outside the UK

I wondered about the armour too - since it was made to measure*, I suppose a good armourer could do a lot, rather like a good tailor, and be able to brace his back. He was certainly known to be a good and active fighter.

Incidentally, have you seen the TV series History Cold Case - very similar research into a range of skeletal remains. I think it is still up on YouTube.

*there were several Ricardians in the documentary claiming that he couldn't possibly have had a twisted back because "how would he have fitted into his armour?"
Feb. 5th, 2013 02:30 am (UTC)
I'm getting "This programme will be on 4oD as soon as possible after broadcast." I hope it will work--I want to see the facial reconstruction!

I will look for History Cold Case. Thank you very much for the tip.

Oh dear. Those Ricardians are being silly. It's the Our Hero Is Perfect syndrome. Like the Oxfordians claiming that their Shakespeare couldn't possibly have had a provincial upbringing because how would he have written such sophisticated plays? The answer to both is He had and he did, so get over it.


Feb. 5th, 2013 05:56 am (UTC)
Because he was the goddamn king and armor is handmade?
Feb. 5th, 2013 07:28 am (UTC)
I hope someone has had the patience to sit down with these people and explain.

Feb. 5th, 2013 02:42 pm (UTC)
Cardenio's bones lie in an unmarked grave
beyond the bonny sallie willow grove
beside the shallow pool, none bend to grieve
no bannered tomb, only a hallowed groove.

Cardenio's dreams lie in a fallen snarl
of lost intentions, fallow, slow as snail
the filings of his plan, through those who kneel
or fill their glass with drams to toast his name.

Cardenio's play is lies and bones of dreams
procession of the willing, swelled with drums
with all the words unmarked, the swell, the drones
all hollow pomp of lost forgotten dramas.

Feb. 5th, 2013 06:58 pm (UTC)
Oh, beautiful! And what a gift!

Thank you.

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