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It took 500 years for this king to get his burial

Updated on September 13, 2015

He was the king of England, but for over 528 years he lay without a coffin hidden away in an unmarked, and unforgotten grave in a parking lot. King Richard ΙΙΙ ruled England between 1483 and 1485. He died during the Wars of the Roses in August of 1485 at the battle of Bosworth field in the English Midlands.

King Richard III was the last king of the House of York and the last of the Plantagenet dynasty. King Richard III was born on October 2, 1452 at the Fotheringay Castle, and he died on August 22, 1485 at Ambion Hill. King Richard III was married to Anne Neville, and his children were Edward of Middleham, Prince of Wales, and John of Gloucester.

King Richard III's rule was challenged, and he was eventually defeated by the Army of Henry Tudor, who took the English throne right after King Richard III's death. King Richard III brought liberal reforms to England, which included lifting restrictions on books and printing presses. After King Richard III's death his reputation was attacked, where few monarchs have experienced and seen their reputations decline as much after death as King Richard III experienced and went through.

After his death King Richard III's reputation was trashed by the Tudor historians. They accused King Richard III of a myriad of crimes. The most famous crime was the murder of his two nephews known as the "Princes in the Tower". Hopefully with the rescue of King Richard III's remains a revival of his reputation will soon follow.

Scientists unearthed King Richard III's skeleton from under a municipal parking lot in Leicester, England. This site was originally a long forgotten church monastery until 1538, where King Richard III's body was buried by Franciscan Monks of Grey Friars. The remains after a battery of test, which included a DNA test from a distant living relative, proved that beyond a reasonable doubt that these were the remains of King Richard III. Finally at last next year sometime King Richard III will finally get lifted from anonymity, and get a proper and much deserved king's burial. There will be a complete ceremony in Leicester cathedral that he most justly deserves.

I remember very well from my school days that King Richard III was always portrayed as some sort of villain. It's great that everything has finally come all the way back around in a full circle. The old adage what comes around goes around always seems to hold true and fall into to it's proper place, even if it sometimes takes 500 years for all of this to happen.

This just goes to prove that you can't hide history!

Do you think that history should be rewritten about King Richard III ?

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      Tamme 20 months ago from Bruceton Tennessee

      I didn't know any of this. This was a very enlightening read! Thanks!

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      Victor W. Kwok 2 years ago from Hawaii

      Really interesting history lesson, Holestory!

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      Denise McGill 2 years ago from Fresno CA

      This is fascinating. It's a sad truth that history is written not by fact but by the victors. Maybe it's time for the truth to come out.

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      Higher Self 2 years ago from Prishtine,Kosovo

      thank you I will tell you when I have a new hub

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      Lee Cloak 2 years ago

      Great hub, great story, well done, Thanks, a really enjoyable read!

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      TheHoleStory 2 years ago from Parsons, West Virginia

      When you are in the edit mode for your hub go to the top right hand corner of your photo hub, and you will see an arrow that points to both sides. Click on it and your picture will get smaller and move to the right. Then click on the upward arrow in the same right corner, and your photo will move up next to your text. It's really very easy. Let me know if it works for you or if you have any more questions Alban.

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      Higher Self 2 years ago from Prishtine,Kosovo

      how do you post small pictures on the side like that

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      Catherine Giordano 2 years ago from Orlando Florida

      I heard about this in the news. It was a very surprising story. Yu have filled in some of the details for me.

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      Lawrence Hebb 2 years ago from Hamilton, New Zealand

      I think what the average person knows (or thinks they know) about Richard owes more to Shakespeare's play than real history. Mind you he was writing in Tudor Times. Really enjoyed this hub

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      Rachel L Alba 2 years ago from Every Day Cooking and Baking

      The truth always comes out. A little late perhaps, but better late then never.

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      Venkatachari M 2 years ago from Hyderabad, India

      Very interesting facts about King Richard III. It will be a great justice to his soul when all know about the facts of his life. Thanks for sharing this.

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      Laurel Johnson 2 years ago from Washington KS

      I really enjoyed the history and learned something new today.

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      Larry Rankin 2 years ago from Oklahoma

      Very compelling story.

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      Jackie Lynnley 2 years ago from The Beautiful South

      I voted history should be written about him. That is only right!

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      Stargrrl 2 years ago

      Excellent article. I am pretty interested in this king, and if he was indeed innocent of those crimes, he should be more respectfully remembered.

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      John Hansen 2 years ago from Queensland Australia

      It just goes to show that you can't always take everything you have read and been taught in regard to history as undisputed fact. In Australia we were taught certain things about our history and the British colonizing our land but the "true" indigenous Australian's side of the story was always left out. It is only in recent years that we have begun to find out how bloodthirsty and cruel this was.

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      John Connor 2 years ago from Altamonte Springs

      Thank you for your accuracy and concern for Richard III...