Monday, February 4, 2013

CSI: York

This just in from Britain:

A skeleton found underneath a car park in Leicester is expected to be confirmed as that of Richard III.

The remarkable discovery of the remains, entailing a curved spine back and wounded skull, was made last September.

Since then scientists have been conducting a range of tests to establish whether the remains do indeed belong to the Plantagenet King.

Researchers from Leicester University will hold a press conference on Monday morning where they will present the findings of their investigation.

And true to the historical record, no horse remains were found in the vicinity.

PS: How did they know he was buried there?  They acted on a hunch…

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  1. What I love about this is the resurrection of the War of The Roses. It’s apparent to me that Shakespeare was part of the defamation of Richard III since he was living during the reign of the Tudor Queen Elizabeth I and knew what was acceptable to perform. Now the picture is being fleshed out (bad pun) and we’re told that King Richard the Third was a generous-minded soul who instituted many liberal reforms including the right to bail and the lifting of restrictions on books and printing. There is the matter, however, of the princes in the Tower. Family fighting is never pretty.

    • As has been said of Vlad Tepes, Richard was no worse than other rulers of his time, and better in many ways.

      Even when I was in school studying such things, there was growing debate about Richard’s place in history, especially about the princes in the Tower – with more than a little evidence that they met their fate at the hands of Henry Tudor rather than Richard. That Richard was the victim of effective Tudor propaganda has not been heavily debated for some time: the remaining questions are mainly how little should actually be attributable to his reign, and how much was heaped on his shoulders by Henry VII and Henry VIII wanting to secure their claim to the throne and to appear righteous. Having a physically-deformed ruler precede them, in the early Renaissance, made heaping all the blame on him just that much easier: the medieval inclination to attribute evil to such a person was still strong.

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