Richard III: An enigmatic English king whose remaIns were discovered in 2012.
This evening, I am reporting on an amazing pierce of archaeological detective work which resulted in the finding in 2012 of the skeleton of legendary English king, Richard III in a Leicester car
park in the English East Midlands.
A team, mainly comprised of experts from Leicester University, subjected the bones to rigorous forensic examination with benefit of maternal DNA from a 17th generation descendant of Richard’s sister.
Richard’s death marked the end of the Plantagenet dynasty (1154-1485) and commencement of reign of the Tudors (1485-1603).
Whilst the skeleton indicates a curved spine due to scoliosis there is no evidence of other deformities attributed by the Tudors and others like Shakespeare which may have been part of a ‘black’ propaganda campaign to denigrate the loser.The remains were re-buried in Leicester Cathedral in 2015. Richard died a Roman Catholic but, post Reformation of 1540, the cathedral now falls within the ambit of the Anglican church (Protestant).
The discovery and validation of Richard’s skeleton is a landmark development in British archaeology and will act as a catalyst for a re-assessment of Richard’s role in English history.