Medicine: Princely Bones

A tragedy of England's 18th Century Wars of the Roses, resurrected by expert anatomists, last week again aroused the world's pity.

1483. Two tall, slim, blond young brothers are sleeping in the thick-walled Tower of London. The elder, newly crowned King Edward V of England and titular head of England's contentious royal House of York, sleeps restlessly. His diseased teeth ache and he has been crying. Young King Edward's companion, his younger brother, Richard Duke of York, has been crying no less.

Into the bedroom tiptoe two stealthy men. Miles Forrest and John...