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Richard III: Council Car Park Skeleton Is King
Remains found beneath a council car park in Leicester have solved the 500-year-old mystery about the final resting place of King Richard III, archaeologists say.
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.
There were cheers at the University of Leicester as the announcement was made.
Bone specialist Jo Appleby said a study of the remains provided "a highly convincing case for identification of Richard III".
"The analysis of the skeleton proved that it was an adult male but was an unusually slender, almost feminine, build for a man. This is in keeping with historical sources which describe Richard as being of very slender build," she said.
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.
Dr Turi King, the project geneticist, said: "There is a DNA match between the maternal DNA from the descendents of the family of Richard III and the skeletal remains we found at the Greyfriars dig.
"In short, the DNA evidence points to these being the remains of Richard III."
The skeleton, with severe trauma to the skull and an arrow in the back, 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.
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.
"It will be a whole new era for Richard III," the Richard III Society's Lynda Pidgeon said. "It's certainly going to spark a lot more interest.
"Hopefully people will have a more open mind toward Richard."
what do you think?
Can just picture the jobsworth trying to work out the penalty fine for 'parking in an unauthorised bay' ... lol
Been watching channel five this morning by any chance ;-)
Will it be a Catholic service, given that he was undoubtedly a Roman Catholic? As I recollect the skeletons recovered from the Mary Rose were given a catholic service of the period.
Are all the kids going to get a day off school for the funeral ?
I had a hunch it was him
Just got it !! -arf arf - very good
Wish I'd said that...............
Richard III isnt the only English Monarch to have an undeserved bad reputation. King Stephen was a good King, but after his death had to suffer decades of black propaganda from King Henry II and his unctious mother Matilda. Give King Richard a good catholic burial in Leicester cathedral, lay him to rest with white roses, and dont be fooled by Tudor propaganda
Yes, but what about the princes in the tower.that isnt tudor propaganda.
Dosent mean Richard ordered their death
Personally I think he should be buried at York, although I think it may be politically impossible, even after all these years.
Shaun, one of the more believable theories is that it was Henry Vii who ordered the death of the boys...
History is written by the victors. Lancs on top!
The Lancastrians were LUCKY to win The Wars of the Roses... . Ever studied the list of battles fought? The Yorkists won 95% of all the battles over the 30 year course of the conflict. And if it wasn't for one third of Richard's forces betraying him and switching sides before the battle of Bosworth, the Yorkists would probably have won that again. Paradoxically though, if Henry Tudor hadn't won we'd have never had Queen Elizabeth I as regent, probably our greatest monarch. And without her, who knows, maybe the 1588 Spanish invasion would have been successful and we'd all be speaking Spanish now?
Just yanking your chain Stevie... I know you display your white rose proudly! Love the fact that the animosity between Lancs and Yorks continues to this day, thankfully not as intense though!
To be honest Lorgar, given I live in the Midlands, had I been around in the 15th Century I'd have fought for Richard Neville, Earl of Warwick or 'Kingmaker' to give him his historic title. . . And he fought for both York and Lancaster!
Actually, come to think of it, I wouldn't have fought for either. . . Two bunch of nobles from the same family using common men's blood for their own dynastic struggle. Just as bad as each other. Just like Cromwell and King Charles. Scr*w them both!
Wow. what a fantastic discovery. I Look forward to reading the whole story. in due course
Hi Louisa, I've been watching this story with keen interest, not because I am particularly a royalist but I am very interested in history. I also admire the skills of the people at Leicester University who have worked on this case. Don't forget to watch the channel 4 programme tonight
Yes susan its a must for me too.as is time team every sunday.
I love "Time team" and didn't know about the programme tonight till i came on here. Thanks Susan
Yes, he was Catholic, so he must be buried according to the rites of that Church. High time his reputation was restored.
A bit of history comes to life making a change from what we get about gangs, sex offenses and terrorists.
The king in the carpark is on Channel 4 tonight at 9.00pm. If anyone interested :)
I'll be watching!
Jasmin thanks for that. I didn't know so i'll set the sky! Brilliant!
My day off today. I'll be watching too. Enjoy :)
Why no feet? The rest of the skeleton appears fairly well preserved and complete.
I don't know but would I be right thinking the looser does not get the best of funerals? seems he had no coffin just dumped in a hole.
Richard III? I think he's more than III, he looks pretty dead to me!
When i lived in Woking, every time i went to the local car park i found a 'Richard the Third'.
I hoped it'd be him. How exciting! What a cool find for the archaeologists.
Just trod on a Richard the third me back garden
Ian Duncan Smith and ATOS have already claimed he's fit for work!!
Apparently several descendants of the two "Princes in the Tower" have instructed solicitors to sue his estate for compensation............
Did he get his horse.
They have improved the signage since he parked up, the jobs worth told him to keep turning right to get to the exit
"It will be a whole new era for Richard III," the Richard III Society's Lynda Pidgeon said. Do not think so luv He is dead
Someone should tell Blackadder the game is up...
Hahaha! Remember the episode! "Oi! That's my horse you'd b*****d! . . . . Oh no Uncle Richard! "
A horse! A ho-orse! OI! That's my horse!!!
Oh Stevie, you beat me! It is left to me to make sheep noses...baaaaaaa...
I love Blackadder! That's a huge spinal curvature - ust have made life hard for him, especially way back then
All 4 series were brilliant, though Goes Fourth does it for me. General Melchett and Captain Darling... "Darling, we're leaving!" Genius. I'm recording the Richard III programme as i'm at work, hence my trip down memory lane.
"Run to the hills, run to the hills!" 'But my Lord, there coming FROM the hills' "Run away from the hills, run away from the hills! If you see the hills run away!" Classic BlackAdder
Darling was wonderful. Such a corny and obvious old joke but boy, did they work it.
-Watching the show just now Lorgar. It's good, think you'll enjoy it.