Years ago, not quite before the Flood, although it feels like it now, I went to Tewkesbury Abbey with my husband and we saw a flat glass display cabinet containing a number of ancient locks of hair. I was writing a book called “Wife to the Kingmaker” at the time, so I was particularly… Continue reading Hair today, gone tomorrow (4) – A prodigal lock of hair….
There are some interesting reconstructions here..apart from the blond Richard, which (try as I will) I just cannot accept. If he’d been blond (especially THAT blond!) it would surely have shown on his portraits. Or comment would have been made. His hair was medium-brown to dark, maybe a shade of chestnut…just NOT blond! It seems… Continue reading The blond Richard again….!
There are hopes that a lock of hair in the possession of a private collector in the United States may provide the key to Leonardo da Vinci‘s DNA. The hair is to be put on display at a function that is timed “….to coincide with the 500th anniversary of Leonardo’s death, which occurred on May… Continue reading A lock of Leonardo’s locks….?
A new tool uses DNA to predict eye, hair, skin colour … Quote from the above article: “The tool has been used by law enforcement in the Netherlands, Poland, and Australia, but it has not yet been adopted in the United States, Walsh said. It has also been used on ancient DNA, and it was… Continue reading A new tool uses DNA to predict eye, hair, skin colour…
Well, the trail to this 2015 item about the reconstruction of Richard’s head was somewhat tortuous. It started at the New York Times which then led me to Liverpool John Moores University, and I finally fetched up at this facial reconstruction. My quibble is: “Originally the king was thought to have dark hair and black eyes,… Continue reading Richard’s hair was NOT mousy…..!
The following article is from here. It is a light-hearted look at the things our medieval sisters did to make themselves look beautiful:- Longing to know how to hide your devil’s marks and dissolve your hairline? Step this way! Strictly speaking, the Middle Ages extend from the 5th to the 15th century, but here,… Continue reading Beauty tips from the Middle Ages, including how to get a huge, freckle-free forehead ….
Looking through Google images, I have come upon various uses of my tweaked version of Titian, whose masterpiece, Portrait of a Man in a Red Cap, I was impudent enough to ‘adapt’ into my idea of John de la Pole, Earl of Lincoln. Sorry Titian. Anyway, I’ve always been pleased with the result, so I… Continue reading The Earl of Lincoln, courtesy of Titian – and an author’s imagination….
Was Richard blond? Or was he dark-haired? Professor Hofreiter explains in the article below. http://www.uni-potsdam.de/en/headlines-and-featured-stories/detail-latest/article/2015-09-22-der-wahre-richard-iii-wie-professor-michael-hofreiter-die-dna-des-englischen-koenigs.html
Following our post on Sunday, (https://murreyandblue.wordpress.com/2015/06/07/a-lock-of-a-kings-hair/) you may have heard that there was a lock of hair in Moyse’s Hall Museum, Bury St. Edmunds, belonging to Edward’s granddaughter Mary “Tudor”, who became Queen of France and Duchess of Suffolk. This was investigated at the behest of John Ashdown-Hill, as she would share mtDNA with Edward’s… Continue reading Hair today, gone tomorrow
https://auctions.roseberys.co.uk/m/lot-details/index/catalog/38/lot/18809/ Recently a lock of hair purporting to be from the head of Edward IV turned up at Rosebery’s for what was, in my opinion, a very low estimated price. Edward’s tomb in Windsor was opened in the latter part of the 1700’s and it was said that visitors emerged clutching handfuls of ‘long brown… Continue reading A LOCK OF A KING’S HAIR