Richard III – King Of The Car ParksFebruary 10, 2013
After much testing and anticipation (with a splash of hope), it was confirmed this week that the bones found in a Leicester council car park in September last year, belonged to Richard III, a notorious king of England. It’s not every day you go to a car park and come across the bones of a Monarch, with a wound in the ribs and a head caved in. You’re more likely to come across dodgy geezers, abandoned trolleys and dogging.
I thought I’d have a root around to find out about this king. This is what I found in Wikipedia, which, as you know, contains the absolute truth.
Richard III was king of England for two years (1483-1485) before he was killed at the Battle of Bosworth Field, at the age of 32. He was the last king of the House of York and the last of the Plantagenet dynasty. He was also the subject of the play Richard III by William Shakespeare. He’d attained a reputation for being a Machiavellian villain who’d murder to get his hands on power. The most infamous event attributed to him was the disappearance of his nephews, two young princes, at the Tower of London shortly after he was made king. He was also a force for good, making liberal reforms in law for the common people, including the introduction of the right to bail and the lifting of restrictions to books and printing presses. A very interesting character indeed. His remains will probably be re-interred at Leicester Cathedral.
I wonder in which pedestrian setting a Royal will be discovered next. Personally, I’m excited at the prospect of finding Anne Boleyn in a washing machine.