Richard Buckley, lead archaeologist of University of Lancaster, announced a lost king was found, King Richard III to be exact. The University of Leicester confirmed Monday that the bones they exhumed back in September 2012 are in fact the remains of the last “Plantagenet” king of England.
Much propaganda has surrounded the king since his death. Most if not all of the history we know about this medieval king comes from the the “Tudor monarchs” who came after him. Shakespeare also is famed for his “Richard III” play which depicts King Richard III as a "deformed villian" who locked away his nephews in the tower of London where they later died.
In reality this mysterious king is said to have been “hunchbacked”. This may have been a severe case of scoliosis by today's diagnosis. The skeleton showed a severe curve of the spine as it lay there for centuries, waiting to be discovered. The bones they found were exhumed at Greyfriars Church under a street. This in itself is an amazing feat to discover the bones in such a place. The site was of a hidden monastery, which escalates the mystery of this king and may shed new light on him.
It took $52,000 dollars to fund the project, and the principle donor was Philippa Langley, a screenwriter and member of the Richard III Society. “When archaeologists uncovered the skeleton of a man in what was once the choir of the Greyfriars Church — exactly where texts said the monarch was buried — the evidence was so compelling that Langley believed the remains were those of King Richard,” reported The Washington Post.
The verification came through a DNA sample from a direct descendant named Michael Ibsen, a Canadian and a direct descendant of Anne of York who was King Richard III's older sister.
King Richard III was slain in the “Battle of Bosworth Field” in 1485 while defending his crown against Henry VII. He was the last king to fall on the battlefield. For 528 years he was thought to be lost forever, but now he is found.
There is a plaque stating the spot in which King Richard III's remains lie, located near Leicester Cathedral. There is also a memorial inside the cathedral. Although the kings actual bones have been discovered in the foundations of Greyfriars Church, Leicester, they may be re-interred at Leicester Cathedral at a later date.
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