“Now is the winter of our discontent
Made glorious summer by this son of York;
In the deep bosom of a city counsel parking lot buried.”
Not the exact quote from Shakespeare, but you get the idea. This skeleton, found in an unmarked grave under a parking lot in Leicester, England last fall, has been confirmed as the skeleton of the infamous King Richard III. King Richard scholars and historians had been operating under a hunch that the villainous monarch may be buried under this parking lot, and upon investigation, the bones of a man suffering from scoliosis, with multiple head and body wounds was discovered. Upon further DNA and bone tissue testing, the skeleton has been confirmed to in fact be the King himself after 500 years under ground.
Among the Richard III historians, experts, and groupies that contributed to the discovery, there is a hope that this event will trigger further academic research about the life and rule of King Richard, which may “rehabilitate the medieval king and show him to be a man with a strong sympathy for the rights of the common man, who was deeply wronged by his vengeful Tudor successors.” Perhaps this is true, but for now Shakespeare’s interpretation of this limping, manipulative, blood-thirsty King makes the discovery that much more exciting and entertaining. The body, which seems to have been crudely dumped in this burial space after the Battle of Bosworth Field, will likely be transferred to Leicester Cathedral, where the last Plantagenet Monarch may be reburied with honor and royalty.
Do you think this discovery could lead to a reinterpretation of Richard III?