What killed Richard III?

A new report, published in The Lancet, reveals that King Richard III was "probably killed by two blows to the head during a 'sustained attack'" when he perished August 22, 1485 in the Battle of Bosworth. (photos)

The report was created by forensic teams from the University of Leicester using CT scans. Experts believe that the king was probably kneeling when the wounds were inflicted and most likely died quickly. The remains showed evidence of at least 11 injuries, some possibly postmortem.

"Richard's head injuries are consistent with some near-contemporary accounts of the battle, which suggest Richard abandoned his horse after it became stuck in a mire and was killed while fighting his enemies," said Guy Rutty, from the East Midlands pathology unit.