Wine has played a key role throughout history, and recent research suggests one of England’s most famous monarchs was partial to a little bit of over indulgence. A glass a night is often considered too much for the modern wine enthusiast, so how would we have coped with a whole bottle, not very well in my opinion. I can’t imagine our bosses would be too happy and your GP may have a few concerns as well. Unfortunately in medieval society, responsible drinking wasn’t high on the agenda as it should have been and as it is now.
Dr Angela Lamb, isotope geochemist and lead author or a new research paper said:
“The chemistry of Richard III’s teeth and bones reveals fascinating changes in his geographical movements, diet and social status throughout his life.
“Richard’s diet when he was king was far richer than that of other equivalent high status individuals in the late medieval period.
“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.”
The quality of the wine is unknown, but it wasn’t uncommon for monarchs to splash out lavishly on banquets and feasts and having the wine flowing freely was good form. Richard III’s remains were recently uncovered in Leicester, which has allowed us to learn more about the life that was led by Richard.