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Richard III, Confirmed

Remains of the Day: Lost 500 Years, the Bones of Richard III Have a Tale to Tell


In a stunning bit of archeological detective work, folk from the University of Leicester have identified the remains of English King Richard III in a long lost and “clumsily cut” grave excavated from a parking lot.

Lead archaeologist Richard Buckley, from the University of Leicester, told a press conference to applause: “Beyond reasonable doubt it’s Richard.”

Richard III is both a fascinating and polarizing historical figure. Popular understanding of him today (or, what passes for it) is unfairly influenced by Shakespeare’s casting of Richard III as a fatalistic and unscrupled anti-hero, which makes sense as — given his Tudor patrons — ol’ Will’em Shakes wasn’t likely to paint a sympathetic portrait of the house of York, now was he? Still, even his more ardent and clear-eyed supporters might admit… Richard was just a little bit ruthless.

In any case, awesome timing for the find. Big win for science. And Game of Thrones enthusiasts everywhere might tune in for the stories of the *real* scheming, backstabbing, child-murdering genesis of George R.R. Martin’s royal family.

Author: deCadmus

Doug Cadmus is a usability guy, writer and sometime dramatist who moved to Vermont for the coffee, where he's the Web Guy for Green Mountain Coffee Roasters. When not writing, reading, or tapping out haiku-like Twitter posts, he roasts coffee in his garage.

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