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Richard III – King Of The Car Parks

February 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.

Portrait of Richard III

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.

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6 comments

  1. An MG, an MG, his kingd…never mind, I can’t go on.


    • Oma, that is priceless. If my brain was fully engaged at the time, I could’ve used that connection in my post. Now you’ve fired me up, I can only respond with “A Porsche! A Porsche! My Kingdom for a Porsche!”


  2. Upon finding the bones, who was it that thought to test identity against Richard III. That seems so far fetched.


    • It does appear to be fantastical, but it’s real.

      I just watched the Channel 4 documentary again, which was quite brilliant. The research and testing to confirm it was Richard III came from a team of experts from the University of Leicester, covering history, carbon dating, forensics and so on. The bones were dated correctly and the forensics were able to work out how we was killed in battle. The final piece in the jigsaw which removed all doubt was the DNA match with a 17th generation descendant from Richard III’s sister. That descendant is a Canadian carpenter living and working in London!


  3. I totally went *boing* over that spinal curvature. Worst scoliosis I’ve ever seen! Faces? DNA? Yeah, some people are into that…


    • So that scoliosis was extreme, then, Mikey? It looked pretty bad on TV, I must admit. He must had been in a lot of discomfort, at the very least.

      I thought the reconstructed face, when they finally presented it, looked a bit like Quentin Tarantino. Which is a scary thought.



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