Thursday, November 15, 2012

Two about the tower

There are 2 stories in the weird news that involve the Tower of London:

The bones...

English monarch Richard III (1st image) has had a legacy of evil and violence that dates back to his Tudor successors more than 500 years ago and was made concrete by Shakespeare in his play about the king. One example is the alleged murder of the 2 princes, his nephews Edward V of England and Richard of Shrewsbury, Duke of York, in the Tower of London to rid himself of potential rivals. Richard's reputation may be reassessed after thorough examination of a skeleton believed to be his, which was found at the site of an ancient priory and has been excavated by archaeologist, Jo Appleby of the University of Leicester. Characteristics of the skeleton - a deformed spine, a mortal battlefield wound in the back of the skull, and an arrowhead lodged in the backbone - are consistent with the king. If DNA testing, carbon dating, and isotope analysis are conclusive, his scoliosis may be at the root of the negative character traits with which he has been saddled, and may lead for calls for his remains to be entombed in Westminster Abbey.

The keys...

Earlier this month, a lapse in security in the Tower allowed a man to trespass in the early hours. He also stole a set of keys (2nd image, a keyring held by a Yeoman Warder or "Beefeater"), although not those used in the Ceremony of the Keys, the traditional locking up of the Tower of London that has taken place every night for the last 700 years. Nor did the keys unlock the the room holding the crown jewels, which include a 2kg (4.4lb) solid gold crown and the 105-carat Koh-i-Nur diamond. "Our well-established security systems and procedures are robust. However on this occasion, these procedures were not carried out to the expected standard," read a royal palaces statement. Locks to the Tower's drawbridges and other rooms have been changed, staff has been disciplined, and the incident is under investigation.

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