I have made a habit of watching the Royal Institution Christmas Lectures for over forty years. A single scientist, with guest contributors, covers a subject over three (to five) days and demonstrates some of the detail to a live audience of inquisitive children, who take part in the experiments. Last year’s lecturer was Professor Dame… Continue reading The RICL: Anthropology and forensic science
Tag: facial reconstruction
Richard II enjoyed ravioli….!
Well, one lives and learns. I quote from this article : “….the first written mention of ravioli was in a 14th-century Tuscan merchant’s recipe and, surprisingly, around the same time in a cookbook written by one of King Richard II’s chefs….” That one book has been enormously influential concerning our knowledge of medieval… Continue reading Richard II enjoyed ravioli….!
CROSSBONES – BURIAL PLACE OF WINCHESTER GEESE AND ‘THE OUTCAST DEAD’
REBLOGGED FROM A MEDIEVAL POTPOURRI @ sparkpus.com Shrine of many ribbons at the entrance to Crossbones Cemetery. Photo Kay Nicols. It’s harder to find a more sadder place in South London than the site of Crossbones Burial Ground, Redcross Way, which is a side street tucked away off the busy Borough High Street,… Continue reading CROSSBONES – BURIAL PLACE OF WINCHESTER GEESE AND ‘THE OUTCAST DEAD’
What did the Kingmaker look like….?
Richard Neville, 16th Earl of Warwick, known to posterity as the Kingmaker, was a very prominent figure in the 15th century and featured in one of my very early books. He was born today, 22 November, in 1428. I’ve seen numerous depictions of him, but have just happened upon a drawing (see above) that I… Continue reading What did the Kingmaker look like….?
Identifying another King
The monarch in question is Robert I (Bruce) and the investigation, as part of the Foundation for Mediaeval Genealogy’s Declaration of Arbroath Family History Project, is being carried out by the University of Strathclyde: Graham Holton has reported good progress in this press release: Genetic marker discovered for descendants of Bruce clan, January 2022.A distinct… Continue reading Identifying another King
A living, breathing Richard III….?
There have been “animations” of Richard before, and mock-ups of what he actually looked like, but I have to admit that this one is the best so far. We’re so accustomed to the “reconstruction” made from the exact dimensions of his skull, but there is no life in it, if you know what I mean.… Continue reading A living, breathing Richard III….?
What a difference a daub makes….
Where Richard III is concerned, his physical appearance is all important. His enemies alter his portraits to give him an evil, scheming aspect that suits their agenda. His friends prefer more flattering portraits that show him as he really was. There is one portrait in the National Portrait Gallery (above) that is perhaps the most… Continue reading What a difference a daub makes….
Did Edward III, Richard II and Henry VII look like this….?
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.… Continue reading Did Edward III, Richard II and Henry VII look like this….?
Henry’s lookin’ at you….!
If you go almost to the bottom of this article, you’ll find a very brief view of Henry VII moving in a lifelike way! Well, his eyes do! They even operate together! It’s spooky. I’ll always be rude about him because (to me) he really was horrible in just about every way – AND he… Continue reading Henry’s lookin’ at you….!
Now then, who does Abbot John remind YOU of….?
Oh, I do love these facial reconstructions! However, they can’t indicate the nature of the former person to whom they belong. Fascinating though. And I have to say my first thought was that the abbot reminds me of the late great actor, Brian Glover, except that Brian was much better looking! Then it was pointed… Continue reading Now then, who does Abbot John remind YOU of….?