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Richard III: King's Face Is Revealed
The face of King Richard III has been unveiled to the world after a skeleton found under a council car park was confirmed as that of the 15th century king.
A facial reconstruction of the monarch has been released by the Richard III Society after it was confirmed that a skeleton unearthed in Leicester was that of the king who died in the Battle of Bosworth in 1485.
The image is based on a CT scan taken by experts at the University of Leicester, who discovered the king's skeleton during an archaeological dig last September with the help of the society.
King Richard III's skeleton was found in the remains of the choir of the Greyfriars church, which now lies under a social services car park in the city.
The facial reconstruction was unveiled at The Society of Antiquaries at Burlington House in Piccadilly, London.
Researchers said they had concluded "beyond reasonable doubt" that the skeleton, which showed evidence of an abnormal lateral curvature of the spine, was the monarch.
DNA samples from Michael Ibsen - a Canadian-born furniture maker who is a direct descendant of Richard's sister, Anne of York - provided further certainty.
The skeleton, with severe trauma to the skull, was unearthed on the first day of a three-week dig at the site of what is believed to have been the choir of Greyfriars Church.
Historical records show the long-lost church was the burial site of the monarch, following his brutal death at the battle of Bosworth Field in 1485.
The remains were found in good condition - with feet missing - at a depth of 68cm. The hand were crossed over the front of the pelvis and there was no evidence of a coffin or shroud found.
The king's remains will now be reinterred at Leicester Cathedral, the nearest consecrated ground, in keeping with archaeological practice.
But the discovery has sparked a row between Leicester and York, which claims King Richard III should be buried there according to his own wishes.
Kersten England, chief executive of City of York Council, said: "His self-identification with the north and York is reflected in his plans for a chantry of 100 priests in York Minster where he wished to be buried.
"That the burial site of this Yorkist king was determined by where he died from battle wounds makes the importance of adhering to his own wishes for his final resting place most important.
"City of York Council and all its political leaders are united in the belief that York is the most fitting burial place for Richard III, one of the city's most famous and cherished sons."
City of York Council will now write a letter to the Ministry of Justice stating its case.
Shakespeare portrayed Richard III as a hunchbacked tyrant but modern historians argue that the king was the victim of Tudor propaganda.
His brief reign from 1483 saw liberal reforms, including the introduction of the right to bail and the lifting of restrictions on books and printing presses.
Richard III was the last Plantagenet monarch, a Yorkist defeated by Henry Tudor, who became Henry VII.
what do you think?
Looked a lot better before some Lancastrian cleaved his head open with a broadsword. . . Still, could have been worse. . . Could have died like King Edward II in Berkeley castle with a red hot poker up his bottom. Given the choice i'd choose the sword
Actually the red hot poker bit could well be a myth.though its vety true he was tortured for long periods of time in the hope he would die of a natural cause which he might well have done.
You're right Stevie. A hot poker up the wrongun is no joke at all. Shaun, this was quite a common torture & was also used on so called witches later on but in a different orifice. Disgusting!
It wad quit amusing last night when that daft women clumsily stuck that pick axe through the poor fellers skull!
Better to die like Richard's brother, King Edward IV. . He was reputed to have died of exhaustion after 10 years of sexual excess.
Yes the brutality back in that time was awful.being hung drawn and only later quatered is bad enough.look what also happened to cromwell.our mps and leaders now should count themselves very lucky.lol
Shaun - did you know the only example of mass impalement upon an English battlefield was during the Wars of the Roses? No doubt inspired by what Vlad the Impaler was doing in Transylvania at the same time. It happend to Kingmaker's men after he switched sides to the Lancastrians. We've had several civil wars over the centuries but what distinguishes the Wars of the Roses is the level of barbarian used. Far worse than the Anarchy under King Stephen or the Great civil war under Charles I.
There's a place in Prague called the Museum of Torture... some truly eye-watering implements on show there. Brutal times.
They don't like it up 'em.
This is an amazing find.it would be nice if we could get the princes of the tower bones confirmed.whom richard most proberly had killed who would have been the real heirs to the throne.i understand our queen wont allow this though.i believe there are only six kings of england now whose remains remain missing.anyway fascinating stuff.
It wasn't an arrow in his back. It was a roman nail that coincedently ended up there and nothing to do with Richard III. Research your stuff Orange :-/
Well spotted leanne
is it just my imagination or does he bear a striking resemblance to the short bloke who tried to marry princess fiona in shrek!
Haha! Yes,I can see that too now you've pointed it out.
Yep! Hadn't noticed until I read your comment. Well done that man!
I know this man, he used to be the carpark attendant
Did they not say it werent an arrow in his back but a nail last night? Did I miss hear it?
It was a nail left by the romans as leanne said.a boo boo by orange this.
@Shaun I thought that's what they said I w like eh what's orange on about... thickos! Lol
Looks a bit like Noel Fielding.
All their in fighting to get their hands on power, whilst tramping on the common man... Nothing much has changed..