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The Scoliotic Knight: Encounters with Richard III

September 25 @ 6:00 am 7:00 pm

The discovery of the remains of King Richard III raised fascinating new questions. The scoliosis exhibited by the last Plantagenet King’s skeleton revealed that the twisted physique of Shakespeare’s ‘Black Legend’ did have at least some basis in fact. But how could such a diminutive person, suffering from a significant spinal condition, have mastered the knightly fighting arts? How could he have worn full armour and fought in battle?

We are delighted to welcome back Tobias Copwell as he discusses his encounters with this most captivating and controversial of all English Kings; from his work with Philippa Langley in the years before the discovery of the grave in Leicester, to his research into the implications of a severe spinal condition for a medieval king and warrior; his participation in the Channel 4 documentary Richard III – The New Evidence (2013); his role as one of the two armoured horsemen escorting the king himself to his final resting place in Leicester Cathedral; to, finally, his service as Historical Advisor on the recent film The Lost King (2022).

£15 Friends or £18 non Friends. Book via our online booking system or via info@orfordmuseum.org.uk

Tobias Capwell

Butley Priory

The Clumps, Butley
Woodbridge, Suffolk IP12 3NR

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