How rickets affected even the wealthy in the 17th Century: Bones from Medici children show they suffered from malnutrition
- Bones from nine Medici children have been found to have signs of rickets.
- Despite all their riches, a poor diet is blamed as one of the prime factors.
- Archaeologists make their discovery after secret entrance to tomb is discovered.
Being rich and powerful was little protection to the children of the Medicis who, to the astonishment of scientists, appear to have suffered from rickets.
The Medicis were among the most powerful families of the Renaissance, being patrons to Leonardo da Vinci and Michelangelo, but their children still suffered malnutrition, research has indicated.
Rickets is closely linked to malnutrition and poverty yet the bones of the remains of nine Medici children analysed by osteoarchaeologists reveal that they also fell victim to the condition.