New research reveals that King Richard III of England once suffered heavy blows before losing his throne and his life at the Battle of Bosworth in 1485.

Scientists carried out detailed scans of the king’s bones, which were found under a car park in the city of Leicester in February last year.

According to them, the findings support historical accounts that the king was killed after he got off his horse that got stuck in a swamp.

The assailants attacked him from behind with daggers, swords and a halberd, the medieval weapon used to knock knights off their horses.

His injuries, many of which were to the head, suggest that the last Plantagenet king died fighting.