The remains of long lost King Richard III have finally been discovered buried under a modern car park in Leicestershire England, more than 500 years after he became the last English king to be killed in battle! This must be one of the great archaeological finds of recent decades. But does this sort of news intrigue and excite you, as it does me, or do you regard it with nothing more than mild curiosity, irrelevent to your life and times in modern society?
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Thanks Annart. I agree. Sadly the discovery can't resolve the Princes in the Tower mystery, but it has already revealed details of the other great event in Richard's life - how he died in the Battle of Bosworth, seemingly in the thick of the action.
Even illegitimatised (the laws on this are intricate and involve breach of promise to the French bride Richard Neville found for Edward. To the Church Edward's sons were bastard born), Edward's sons had a better claim than Henry VII. They had to go.
Thanks for the vote! Much appreciated. Sorry for the delay in response but in the middle of the French countryside for a while without reliable wifi!
Thanks. I can agree with most of that assessment of Richard and of the programme and Philippa (can one be so devoted to an old skull? - I guess so if the imagination brings him back to life as a living person). King Arthur? - That WOULD be a story !!
Thanks Seeker. Totally agree! Most current affairs is literally that - 'current' - of no lasting importance or memory, even if it matters today. But this is history (albeit rewritten history) which will affect all future history books on the subject.
Wow - Richard could have done with you as a public relations officer alancaster! Hope no Lancastrians comment here or we could rekindle the Wars of the Roses! Seriously, thanks for the comment and history; you must be fascinated by these discoveries.
Leicester is the nearest cathedral, suitable for the burial of a king whatever his persuasion might have been. We were all Roman Catholic at the time, the Reformation still had some time to gather momentum before Luther emerged in Henry VIII's day.
I guess the argument is that Catholic Richard died at the hands of the man whose son would later destroy the Catholic monasteries. Some think it wrong to bury Richard under an Anglican faith which may not even exist but for Henry's victory over him.
There is a booklet RICHARD III by G W O Woodward by Pitkin Pictorials, a light intro to the man. A book GOOD KING RICHARD? (Constable p/back, ISBN 0-09-468840-0) by Jeremy Potter is an in-depth study of his character from divers historical sources
I don't know how accurate these facial reconstructions can be, but in this case the finished result does bear a close resemblence to the portraits of Richard - maybe a little fuller-faced, but very similar. It helps bring history to life doesn't it?
It's certainly true peoplepower that history tends to be written by the victors, in this case the Tudors. Although in the longer term, objectivity can occasionally salvage the truth as we can see in the recent reassessing of Richard's life. Thanks.
Very clever combination of historical evidence and of course science Asp52 - like a forensic detective story. I believe the Anglican Leicester Cathedral is favoured for interment tho' I'm not sure why - particularly as Richard was a Roman Catholic.
Thanks MickS. News mostly passes me by too, without stirring the blood too much! But some stories grip my imagination and a little bit of rewriting of history with newly discovered evidence is one subject which has that effect on me.
Thanks klidstone! I agree with all you say. And certainly it's interesting that they've already reassessed some of the accounts of the degree of Richard's spinal deformity, and also gained a better idea of the critical blows which led to his death.