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Children learn the gory truth about the Battle of Bosworth and Richard’s demise….

skull and richard

I do not like including images of Richard’s remains, but the above double-image is from this article, in which Professor Sarah Hainsworth, who has given a talk to 10-11 year olds from Turves Green School.

I quote from the article:-

“….World renowned forensic scientist and engineer, Professor Hainsworth, Pro-Vice-Chancellor and Executive Dean of the School of Engineering and Applied Science at Aston University shared her expertise with 80 Yr10 and Yr11 students from Turves Green Girls’ School on 23rd October.

Sarah Hainsworth

“….Professor Hainsworth led the research into the final death blows of King Richard III during her time at the University of Leicester. She spoke about her scientific analysis of the wounds found on the skeleton of King Richard III. This related the tool marks to possible weapons and identified through the study of forensics the exact nature of his death at the Battle of Bosworth, 1485. She also explained how scientists proved that his curvature of the spine, made famous by Shakespeare’s hunched backed king, was in fact the bone disease scoliosis….”

The students were apparently shocked by the bloody details of his terrible death, but let’s hope that the talk inspires them to not only want to know more about our history, but about Richard in particular.

Too little history is taught in our schools these days, and the next generation is in danger of losing touch with its roots. It’s a rot that should be stopped! NOW!

 

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4 thoughts on “Children learn the gory truth about the Battle of Bosworth and Richard’s demise….

  1. Glenis Brindley on said:

    I have a small figurine of Richard, and I was asked the other day who it was. When I replied Richard lll, the response was “who’s that?” I was staggered. I mentioned a couple of things associated with Richard’s name, and got blank looks. This person turns 30 next week, and had absolutely no idea about Richard! (as an aside as we continued talking, she had no clue who PT Barnum or Robin Hood were either!) I found this astonishing. Even if a person doesn’t know a great many details, I would expect them to at least know the name and a couple of bits and pieces. Just what are they being taught at school these days? Having said that, by the time she left me, she did know who Richard was and some of the great things he’d done!

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  2. viscountessw on said:

    Well done. But it does indeed make me weep when this is what our schools churn out. Younger folk these days have no idea about their country’s past. It’s so wrong.

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  3. blancsanglier on said:

    My children now in their forties grew up knowing all about King Richard and then my grandchildren have done so. Two of them have even challenged their teachers who dared to stray down the More/Shakespeare path 😊. Next week my eldest grand daughter starts work at the Birmingham Museum and Art Gallery for her work experience. When she was younger she recorded all the Time Team programmes to watch when she came in from school! So proud of her 💕

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  4. Glenis Brindley on said:

    That’s wonderful, if only we could find a way to engage more young people. I’m pretty sure they’d be very interested if we gave them half a chance. I know from my experience (above) that this person was very engaged with what I told her, and I’m quite certain she’ll be back for more info before too long! x

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