by Norman Descendants August 15, 2017


The body of King Richard III, Duke of Normandy was discovered under a Leicester parking lot in 2012. Here are 9 Myths that have been debunked since his body was recovered.

1. A royal diet

His bones suggest he ate exotic meat including swan, crane, heron and egret.

2. No hunchback

Despite having scoliosis, tests show his curved spine would have been slight.

3. No withered arm

Skeletal analysis shows he did not have a withered arm.

4. Dental stress

His teeth were worn, perhaps by stress, and decayed from sugar.

5. The King’s appearance

With CT scans, scientists have been able to reconstruct his face.

6. Fotheringhay Castle

His teeth show he moved to the wetter location by the age of seven.

7. Riddled with roundworm

Researchers found his pelvis to be overrun with the parasite.

8. Wine

Yesterday, it was revealed that he drank at least a bottle of wine a day.

9. His death

His skeleton bares 10 battle-related injuries, including what is thought to be a fatal blow to the back of his skull.


Richard III as part of the Six Dukes of Normandy statue in the town square of Falaise.

Norman Descendants
Norman Descendants

Normans were the people who gave their name to Normandy, a region in northern France. They were descended from Viking conquerors lead by Rollo of the territory and the native Merovingian culture formed from Germanic Franks and Romanised Gauls. Their identity emerged initially in the first half of the 10th century, and gradually evolved over succeeding centuries.