A facial reconstruction based on the newly rediscovered king’s skull has also been released. I can’t help but feel that Philadelphia’s own late Frank Bender would have done a better job of it. (And without those Brooke Shields-esque eyebrows.) But the thin lips and slight wince are consistent with Richard’s portraits.
In Josephine Tey's classic “did he or didn’t he” mystery The Daughter of Time, Inspector Grant points out that these facial characteristics could point to pain and suffering rather than to nephew-killing cruelty. On that point we’ll probably never know the truth. I’m just happy that Richard is no longer lying all scrunched up under a bunch of cars. I do wish, though, that he were going to be interred at Westminster Abbey, close to both the presumed remains of the poor nephews and those of Henry VII.
I imagine they would all have quite a lot to talk about.