The diet of a king

The discovery of the remains of Richard III has given the scientific community an unparalleled glimpse into royal lifestyles in the Middle Ages. The latest published research involves the diet and drinking habits of the 15th century monarch.

The British Geological Survey and University of Leicester recently completed a study of samples of bone and teeth taken from the king which revealed that he dined on luxurious foods such as swan, crane, heron and egret and "drank up to a bottle of wine a day in the last years of his life."

"We know he was banqueting a lot more, there was a lot of wine indicated at those banquets and tying all that together with the bone chemistry it looks like this feasting had quite an impact on his body in the last few years of his life," British Geological Survey's geochemist Dr Angela Lamb said.