A Horse, a Horse, My Kingdom for a Horse

DNA has confirmed a skeleton found underneath a parking lot in Leicester is that of Richard III, the last English monarch to die on the field of battle. He was portrayed by Shakespeare as being—if I recall my English lit classes correctly—a hunchback. And, as shown in this BBC interactive piece, he indeed suffered from scoliosis, which would have made his back appear hunched.

The spine of Richard III shows scoliosis
The spine of Richard III shows scoliosis

Credit for the piece goes to Greig Watson, Christine Jeavans, Mick Ruddy, Sophia Domfeh and Paul Kerley.

Author: Brendan Barry

I am a graphic designer who focuses on information design. My day job? I am the data visualisation manager for the Federal Reserve Bank of Philadelphia. (This blog is my something I do on my own time and does not represent the views of the Fed, blah blah blah legal stuff.) And with my main interest in information design—be it in the shape of clear charts, maps, diagrams, or wayfinding systems—I am fortunate that my day job focuses on data visualisation. Outside of work, I try to stay busy with personal design work. Away from the world of design, I enjoy cooking and reading and am interested in various subjects from history and geography to politics to science to the arts. And I allow all of them to influence my work.

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