A horse? my kingdom for an anthelmintic!

The remains of the king were excavated last year, leading to the discovery of roundworm eggs (Ascaris lumbricoides) in a soil sample from the sacral area of his pelvis, where the intestines would have been in life.

Medical historian and paleo-parasitologist Dr Piers Mitchell, from the University of Cambridge, said the king’s food was likely cooked thoroughly otherwise other parasites linked to fish, beef and pork would have probably been found.