Lyrics from the Isley Brothers "Who's That Lady"
Who's that lady (who's that lady)
Beautiful lady (who's that lady)
Lovely lady (who's that lady)
Real fine lady (who's that lady)
Hear me callin' out to you
'Cause it's all that I can do
Your eyes tell me to pursue
But you say look yeah, but don't touch, baby
Reported at Yahoo News yesterday, I was just too tired to put it up last night, and fighting yawns right now but I'm struggling to stay awake to watch the finale of the Packers knock off the Bears on Thursday Night Football (NFL).
By Jeanna Bryner, LiveScience Managing Editor | LiveScience.com – Wed, Sep 12, 2012
Two skeletons were discovered: a female skeleton that was broken apart at the joints was discovered in what is believed to be the Presbytery of the lost Church; the other skeleton, which appears to be an adult male, was found in the church choir and shows signs of trauma to the skull and back before death, which would be consistent with a battle injury, the researchers said.
"A bladed implement appears to have cleaved part of the rear of the skull," according to a University of Leicester statement.
In addition, a barbed metal arrowhead was lodged between the vertebrae of the male skeleton's upper back, Taylor said, adding that the spinal abnormalities suggest the individual had severe scoliosis, though was not a hunchback, as he was portrayed by Shakespeare in the play of the king's name.
Even so, the scoliosis seen in the skeleton would've made the man's right shoulder appear visibly higher than the left one. "This is consistent with contemporary accounts of Richard’s appearance," according to the university statement.
University of Leicester archaeologists began excavating the parking lot of the Leicester City Council building on Aug. 25, in search of the church and the king's remains. Since then, they have turned up the Franciscan friary, a 17th-century garden thought to hold a memorial to the king and various other artifacts.
On Aug. 31, the dig team applied to the Ministry of Justice for permission to begin exhuming the two skeletons, a process that began on Sept. 4.
"We are hopeful that we will recover DNA from the skeleton," University of Leicester geneticist Turi King said at the briefing, as recorded in a tweet by the university.
The king's tales
King Richard III ruled for England two years, from 1483 to 1485, before dying in the Battle of Bosworth Field, part of the War of the Roses, an English civil war between the House of Lancaster and the House of York.
A century later, William Shakespeare penned "Richard III," a play about the tragic king — the last English king to die in battle.
The king seemed to have his own following. "Richard III is a charismatic figure who attracts tremendous interest, partly because he has been so much maligned in past centuries, and partly because he occupies a pivotal place in English history," Philippa Langley, a representative of the Richard III society, said in a statement.
"The continuing interest in Richard means that many fables have grown up around his grave," Langley added. For instance, one far-fetched tale described his bones being thrown into the Soar River.
"Other fables, equally discredited, claimed that his coffin was used as a horse-trough," Langley said.
On Sept. 7, the archaeologists announced they had found medieval paving stones that may belong to a garden built in tribute to the king by Robert Herrick, a mayor of Leicester. The garden, and a mansion, was supposedly built over the church where Richard III was buried. In 1612, Christopher Wren, father of the famous architect, recorded seeing a 3-foot (1-meter) stone pillar in Herrick's garden memorializing the king. The pillar held the inscription: "Here lies the body of Richard III sometime King of England."
All the hoo-haaa is about Richard III, but I want to know -- WHO'S THAT LADY? Is anyone even looking a her bones? Can she be connected to Richard III (if it IS Richard III)? Will DNA analysis be run on her to determine if she is from a family that reported a missing or dead female relative back in the day? What's up with the joints? I posted about this at Yahoo News where the article appeared, and a couple of posters suggested that the woman might have been tortured on the rack. OHMYGODDESS! Not just any one was tortured back then, despite what we may think.
Is it just a coincidence that her remains were discovered in what is believed to be the PRESBYTERY, where the priests lived (or the space where they worked in the church)? Good Grief! Was she killed for jollies by some "holy men?" Her burial dates back to before the Roman Catholic Church was banned in England by King Henry VIII and the churches and monasteries were destroyed on his orders in the 1500s.
I hope we will hear more about this woman in the future.