Saturday, February 16, 2013

Crooked king

In case you missed the news, remains exhumed from a parking lot in Leicester were confirmed to be those of King Richard III of England (1452-1485), the reviled hunchback who put to death his nephews, the two princes, and was portrayed in popular culture as saying, "A horse, a horse. My kingdom for a horse," just before he was killed. He was buríed anonymously, but the likely spot was researched by Philippa Langley, a writer and longtime member of the Richard III Society, an organization that has worked for decades to restore the reputation of the man who they consider to be unjustly vilified. Langley raised the funds for the excavation and researchers verified the identity of the skeleton    – which did in fact have scoliosis – through mitochondrial DNA comparison with known descendants. Says Langley, “Now we can rebury him with honor, and we can rebury him as a king.

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