Furniture Maker Michael Ibsen Is Richard III's Descendant

By Bill Esler | Posted: 02/04/2013 5:08PM

 

Michael Ibsen furniture maker Richard IIIRichard III, courtesy University of Leicester LEICESTER, ENGLAND - A Canadian-born woodworker Michael Ibsen's DNA sample has catapuled him to international fame. It helped Leicester University academics verify that a skeleton unearthed last summer is indeed that of King Richard III.

Researchers who have led the search for Richard III presented a wealth of evidence, including from DNA results to skeletal analysis – at a global media press conference at the university this morning.

Lead archaeologist Richard Buckley of University of Leicester Archaeological Services delivered the  verdict that the skeleton, found by University archaeologists in August – belonged to the Last Plantagenet King.

Dr. Turi King of the Department of Genetics led the DNA analysis. Ibsen was one of two descendants of Richard III tracked down by the University for testing after a genealogy investigation verified the connection between them and Richard III’s family. The second one prefers to remain anonymous.

The skeleton was likely to have been killed by one of two fatal injuries to the skull – one possibly from a sword and one possibly from a halberd. A total of 10 wounds were discovered on the skeleton.

Ibsen, who is a furniture maker and now living in London, was also described as a carpenter in some reports. A 17th generation nephew of King Richard III, Ibsen says he has no intention of laying claim to the British throne.

Michael Ibsen Guardian newspaper

In one of the most important announcements in the University’s history, our academics have today revealed that the Greyfriars skeleton is indeed that of King Richard III.

The researchers who have led the Search for Richard III presented a wealth of evidence – from DNA results to skeletal analysis – to the world’s media at a press conference in the University’s Council Chamber this morning.

Lead archaeologist Richard Buckley of University of Leicester Archaeological Services delivered the unanimous verdict that the skeleton, found by our archaeologists in August – belonged to the Last Plantagenet King.

The panel included Richard Buckley, Dr Turi King of our Department of Genetics who led the DNA analysis, Pro-Vice-Chancellor Professor Kevin Schürer, who led the genealogical research and osteoarchaeologist Dr Jo Appleby, of our School of Archaeology and Ancient History, who carried out the skeletal analysis.

Professor Lin Foxhall, Head of the School of Archaeology and Ancient History, also presented the historical context from contemporary accounts of Richard III.

DNA from the skeleton matches two of Richard III’s maternal line relatives. The genealogy investigation verified the connection between these descendents and Richard III’s family.

The skeleton was likely to have been killed by one of two fatal injuries to the skull – one possibly from a sword and one possibly from a halberd. A total of 10 wounds were discovered on the skeleton.

 

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Bill Esler

Bill Esler, Editorial Director, Woodworking Network Bill is responsible for overall content at WoodworkingNetwork.com Woodworking Network magazine, and related newsletters. Bill also manages event programs for Woodworking Network Live conferences at the Woodworking Machinery & Supplies Expo in Toronto and Cabinets & Closets Expo. He developing audience engagement programs using custom digital printing, live lead-generating events, custom websites, and custom digital and print content. Read Bill Esler's woodworking blogs. He can be reached at besler@woodworkingnetwork.com or follow him on Google+.

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