RICHARD III DISCOVERED AND BURIED

I uncovered something extraordinary in my medieval research that happened recently. After five hundred years, the remains of Richard III, the last Plantagenet king to rule England, was discovered under a parking lot. The skeleton’s identity was confirmed through carbon dating and DNA tests with a descendant of Anne of York, Richard’s sister. While Richard III may not have been a hunchback, he still had scoliosis. Apparently, the Tudors and William Shakespeare exaggerated Richard’s spinal issue to portray him as a hunchback. As for the cause of death, it became clear that Richard’s crowned helmet fell off his head during the Battle of Bosworth Field. Due to this, Richard received a number of head injuries such as an axe grazing his scalp, a dagger puncturing his skull, and a sword slicing the back of his head to the point in which his brains spilled out. Also, evidence pointed to Richard receiving a stab wound in his pelvis, but it may have been postmortem to add insult to injury. Still, the fact that it took all of those head injuries to bring Richard down means that Richard died a badass! He died the way he wanted: as a warrior king with his sword in hand. This made Richard III the last English king to die in battle. Fortunately, Richard III got a funeral fit for a king five centuries after his death and it was beautiful. During his funeral, I learned that one of my favorite actors, Benedict Cumberbatch, is Richard III’s second cousin 16 times removed. That makes my favorite actor Plantagenet royalty! Despite Richard III’s death and the fact that the Plantagenets lost their royal status, they still endure to this day. They are Richard III’s legacy because he lives in them.

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