Sunday, October 28, 2012

Richard III's Body Found?

Under a parking lot in Leicester, UK:

Richard III is finally to receive a burial fit for a king – more than 500 years after he was killed in battle.

Remains that archaeologists believe are those of the king are to be buried in Leicester Cathedral if DNA tests prove that the bones are his.

The skeleton was uncovered last month in what is now the car park of Leicester City Council’s social services department.

The site was formerly a chapel.

The body in the car park has an arrow in its back – matching Richard’s death at the Battle of Bosworth Field in 1485.

It also has scoliosis – severe curvature of the spine – tying in with the famous description by Shakespeare and others of the monarch as a hunchback.

I remember reading Richard III in my senior year of high school, in Advanced Placement English.

And somewhere in my possessions is a set of "War of the Roses" playing cards, with Richard III as a hunchbacked King of Clubs.

Now is the winter of our discontent made glorious summer by this sun of York...

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