Scientific tests have confirmed that the human remains found underneath a Leicester car park are in fact those of England's King Richard III
LEICESTER, United Kingdom -- The death of England's last king to die in battle, King Richard III, has been shrouded in mystery ever since the monarch died more than 500 years ago in 1485. Until now.
On Monday, archaeologists of the University of Leicester announced they had determined "beyond reasonable doubt" that a skeleton with a cleaved skull and a curved spine discovered beneath a Leicester car park is in fact that of King Richard III.
"It's the academic conclusion of the University of Leicester that beyond reasonable doubt the individual exhumed at Grey Friars in September 2012 is indeed Richard III, the last Plantagenet king of England," lead archeologist Richard Buckley confirmed.
An examination of the skull and body revealed that, after suffering at least two fatal head wounds, the monarch was brutally hacked, presumably by the victors, after falling and dying on the battlefield in 1485.
Following his death, the crown passed to Henry VII and the Tudor monarchs, who, with the help of William Shakespeare and other playwrights, painted Richard as a brutal, hunchbacked villain who stopped at nothing in his quest for power.
The discovery of his remains disproves accounts of Richard as having a twisted arm, although he did have scoliosis, a twisted spine.
Sir Peter Soulsby, mayor of Leicester, said moves were under way for the remains to be interred in the city cathedral next year.
“The body will be re-interred in the cathedral, in whose shadow his remains have lain for 500 years.” Canon Chancellor David Mantieth, of Leicester Cathedral, said the announcement was a “momentous day”.
He said the king’s body once re-interred would “rest in peace and rise in glory”.
King Richard III's face revealed after skeleton found
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