In what can only be called an astonishing unearthing of history, scientists at the University of Leicester confirmed today that a skeleton found beneath a parking structure is indeed that of King Richard III, the last of the House of York and the Plantagenet dynasty. The battle-scarred skeleton, photos of which reveal the characteristic spinal deformity and maloccluded jaw, was discovered last fall within the historic foundations of Leicester’s Franciscan Friary. The search began last year, in a site historical evidence has long suggested is that of the lost grave, and where the king was slain in the battle of Bosworth Field in 1485. It’s an honorable end for a man who over the centuries has had both defenders and detractors. A quote from Shakespeare’s Richard III would seem to be in order:
“And thus I clothe my naked villainy
With odd, old ends stol’n out of holy writ,
And seem a saint, when most I play the devil.
Read the Guardian article here.