The research by the British Geological Survey and University of Leicester took bone samples after his remains were unearthed in Leicester in 2012. His grave was lost when the surrounding church was demolished, and rediscovered under a car park. The present Queen Elizabeth 11 was shocked about her 14th great-grand uncle being found in such piteous circumstances.
Bone analysis showed his drinking habits changed significantly around the time he became king in 1483.
We could equate this behavior to modern stars and celebrities. Not that they necessarily indulge in more alcohol, although one of England's beloved football stars is continually in and out of rehab, but overindulgence seems to go hand in hand with celebrity status. Nowadays, this takes the form of drugs, lavish spending, and sexual permissiveness, which carries the person way beyond normal conduct.
However, a television documentary used a body double to prove Richard's curved spine would not have stopped him fighting in battle. A man whose spine has a similar 75 degree curve showed he was capable of wearing armor and riding a warhorse. Also, the rigid construction and stiff back support of a medieval saddle would have helped Richard to remain upright on horseback.
A re-interment service for the king will take place at Leicester Cathedral on 26 March next year following a week of events in the area.
Do we all have this potential for overindulgence within ourselves? Does wealth bring out our greed? Our selfish desires? Maybe status swells our self-importance. I'm better than you, therefore I'll 'lord it over you'.
And the final question: what makes one person better than another? One of Christianity's greatest examples, Jesus, is recorded as saying, And the greatest among you shall be your servant. Jesus didn't raise himself above others, eat special food, live a different life-style. He acted in the same way as his adoring public, whilst teaching them. No matter what your religion, every example of a good man is shown as humble.
How would you live if you suddenly became a celebrity?