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Skeleton ID’d As Britain’s Richard III

LEICESTER, England (UPI) — DNA testing has confirmed a skeleton found beneath a parking lot in Leicester in Britain is that of the English King Richard III, British researchers say.

“Beyond reasonable doubt it’s Richard,” University of Lester archaeologist Richard Buckley told a new conference, saying the remains had been subjected to “rigorous academic study.”

Richard was a royal prince, the brother King Edward IV. Appointed as protector of his nephew Edward V on the king’s death in 1483, Richard instead seized power.

Killed in the Battle of Bosworth after only two years on the throne, he was given a rushed burial beneath the church of Greyfriars in the center of Leicester, site of the archaeological dig that uncovered the remains.

The church was demolished during the Reformation in the 16th Century and its exact location forgotten, but historians identified the likely area and an archaeology dig was begun on the site in in August 2012.

DNA from a modern ancestor of Richard’s line was compared to that from the remains and found to match.

There was other evidence as well, researchers said; historians of Richard’s time had portrayed him as deformed, and researchers confirmed the skeleton’s spine is badly curved, a condition now called scoliosis.

“Taken as a whole, the skeletal evidence provides a highly convincing case for identification as Richard III,” Leicester archaeologist Jo Appleby told the BBC.

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  • CHRISTOPHER ALLEN HORTON

    I DISAGREE WITH University of Leicester’s FINDINGS.

    THE MOST RESPECTED RESEARCH DOCUMENT ON THE REIGN OF Richard III (1483-1485), WAS WRITTEN IN 1486 (“Croyland Chronicle”). YET, INFORMATION IN “Croyland” – OVERALL – IS NOT RESPECTED AS BEING TOTALLY ACCURATE. IN REFERENCE TO Richard III, THE INFORMATION CONTAINED IN “Croyland” IS NOT BASED ON ACCOUNTS OF PEOPLE WHO PERSONALLY KNEW THE KING. MOREOVER, “Croyland” WAS WRITTEN DURING THE REIGN OF, Henry Tudor [Henry VII], WHO HAD DEFEATED Richard AT, Bosworth (1485). Henry’s TITLE OF KING WAS CONTESTED BY Richard’s HEIRS. TO STRENGTHEN HIS CLAIM TO THE THRONE, Henry MARRIED Richard’s NIECE [Elizabeth of York]. HENCE, THE WRITER OF THE PORTION OF, “Croyland,” WHICH COVER’S Richard’s REIGN WANTED TO PLEASE THE NEW KING [Henry] BY WRITING AN UNFAVORABLE HISTORY OF, Richard. [Overall, contemporary sources indicate Richard was a good- and well-liked king].

    SO, University of Leicester’s VIEW THAT Richard III HAD SCOLIOSIS IS BASED ON HISTORICAL DATA WHICH WAS WRITTEN TO FAVOR Henry VII. [Many in Tudor England viewed Richard III as a murderous madman]. IN THE 1955 FILM, “Richard III,” Sir Laurence Olivier FURTHERED THIS MYTH BY PORTRAYING A KING WITH A WALKING DEFORMITY.

    THEREFORE, University of Leicester “TOOK-THE-BALL AND RAN WITH IT,” SIMPLY BECAUSE THEY FOUND A SKELETON WITH A CURVED SPINE NEAR AN ALLEGED BURIAL SITE – WHICH IS ALSO DISPUTED BY HISTORIANS [some say Richard was dumped in the River Soar].

    University of Leicester SHOULD BE EMBARASSED FOR PUBLISHING INFORMATION BASED ON SOURCE MATERIALS WHICH CAN NOT BE VERIFIED.

  • CHRISTOPHER ALLEN HORTON

    I JUST TRIED TO CONTACT THE WEBSITES OF, University of Leicester AND Leicester, England’s NEWSPAPER. THEY ARE NOT ALLOWING REACTION FROM THE PUBLIC.

    LEICESTER IS “FULL OF ITSELF” AND BELIEVES IT HAS FOUND A “GOLD-MINE.”

    IT IS SAD THAT “FLIMSY” EVIDENCE SERVES AS ABSOLUTE PROOF AT A HIGHER INSTITUTE OF LEARNING.

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