Skeleton Reveals Violent Life and Death of Medieval Knight

“Archaeologists believe that bones found in an ancient chapel on the site are those of an English knight named Robert Morley who died in a tournament there in 1388.

Radio carbon dating has confirmed that the skeleton is from that period, and detailed analysis suggests that he was in his mid-20s, was heavily muscled and had suffered several serious wounds in earlier contests.”

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My life has been pretty simple. I grew up in Alabama and graduated from the University of Alabama with a Bachelor's in Advertising. I have spent about the last ten years in web development. In 1998, a friend of mine and I started a web design company we ran for three or four years before deciding to close it due to the demands of school. Since then, I stayed in the web working with various companies in Alabama. I worked for a brief period with Southern Progress, namely with Southern Living magazine and Health magazine, in their web departments. While there, I also wrote for Southern Living magazine, Health.com., and the company's internal newsletter. I write as much as I can. For the last five years, I have been working on my first novel. I am on the third revision now and hope to be finished with this draft by the end of the year. I also write short fiction, though not as frequently as I used to due to the time I spend on the novel. My goal is to have my novel published in the next three years. Other interests include: History (particularly medieval and ancient civlizations), Reading, Foreign Language (I currently speak Spanish but plan to learn as many as I can), Landscape Photography, the outdoors, sports (especially college football), and Travel.

4 thoughts on “Skeleton Reveals Violent Life and Death of Medieval Knight”

  1. Very interesting! This guy was tough to survive all those wounds.

    Since they appear to know his name, why don’t they know more about his history? Was he in a battle? I can’t imagine arrows being used in a tournament.

  2. Yes, the arrow wounds would have occurred in battle; they wouldn’t have used arrows in a tournament. I was shocked that he survived an axe wound to his head. That’s impressive.

  3. This definitely disproves the myth that knights were fat, lazy nobles. Their grit and constitution is inspiring.

  4. Zach — yes, knights were extremely fit and well-conditioned. They were much like the modern day professional athletes of their time, receiving training from a very young age (starting around 7 or so).

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