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King Richard III Was A Total Booze Hound: Three Litres A Day

by | 18th, August 2014

 portrait of Richard III (1452-1485), Duke of Gloucester and Yorkist King of England (1483-1485). He was notorious as the suspected murderer of his two nephews in the Tower of London. He proved an able administrator until his brief reign was ended by his death at the Battle of Bosworth.


AT least one of the previous Kings of England was a complete booze hound, so we’re told. King Richard III, whose twisted skeleton was found under a car park, drank three whole litres of booze a day. They’ve worked this out by analysing dem’ bones and looking at what the micro-structure tells us about what he ate and drank.

The thing is, there’s not actually all that much surprise about it :

Not only that but the monarch, dubbed a “bunch-backed toad” by Shakespeare, was also partial to a lavish banquet, with research showing he ate exotic meat including swan, crane, heron and egret.

For the time it wasn’t actually all that exotic. Swans were “royal” birds, as they are still today and egrets and heron were common enough on the tables of those who had hunting rights. Most of which still belonged to the King actually. It’s worth noting that there

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