My internet travels take me here, there and everywhere…and today I came upon another site about facial reconstructions of past figures of consequence. There have been quite a few of these in recent years, and this one is an interesting addition. Well, addition for me, it may have been around for quite some time.
Naturally, I went to the category of English Kings, and found three that were particularly compelling. In order of period, the first is Edward III. I think this one is probably spot on. To me he looks like Merlin pretending to be King Arthur, but then, Edward III did look like this (judging by his tomb effigy).
The next is Edward’s grandson and successor, Richard II. Now, I have always thought that the contemporary portrait of Richard that is on display in Westminster Abbey is accurate, and while this reconstruction is sort-of like it, I can’t believe the facial structure is quite right. I look at this picture and am irresistibly reminded of a young John Travolta made up to look like Richard II. Plus, I just can’t see Richard II without at least a jewelled collar. He was immensely conscious of his appearance and his royalty.
Finally (the bitter end, might one say?) we come to Henry VII. Oh, dear, that man really was a caricature of every miser that ever was, including Scrooge. No wonder he’s pictured in virtual darkness and murk! Where he went, the sun didn’t shine. A friend compared him to a prune, and yes, I have to agree. If he was ever a plum, someone sure dried him out! A dreadful man, but very, very clever.