Earlier today, the University Of Leicester confirmed that the bones it discovered in a car park in Leicester do indeed belong to England’s last Plantagenet King, King Richard III. The University publishes these findings after having a tip off of the location of the 500-year-old English King’s corpse where it began working on the car park in September last year.
The University has managed to confirm that these are the bones of Richard III using several methods. The first was comparing the DNA to that of descendants of the Monarch.
Mr Buckley said the bones had also been subjected to “rigorous academic study” and had been carbon dated to a period from 1455-1540.
King Richard III died in battle in 1485, Dr Jo Appleby, an osteo-archaeologist from the university’s School of Archaeology and Ancient History, revealed the bones were of a man in his late 20s or early 30s. Richard was 32 when he died.
The remains also exhibited damage to the skull, which tallies with what is believed to have been the fate of King Richard.
Without the scoliosis, which experts believe developed during teenage years, he would have been about 5ft 8ins (1.7m) tall, but the curvature would have made him appear “considerably” shorter.
Richard acted as protector of Edward IV’s children after he died and his eldest son acceded as Edward V. Richard is believed by some to have had the Princes killed in what became known as the story of the ‘Princes In The Tower’ so he could accede to the throne. Richard was killed after he was challenged by Henry Tudor. Richard was killed at Bosworth in 1485 after only two years on the throne.
One source has now said, “we’re going to completely reassess Richard III, we’re going to completely look at all the sources again, and hopefully there’s going to be a new beginning for Richard as well.”