Richard III..the last Plantagenet King of England..has been found
Scientists have announced they have found the monarch’s 500-year-old remains under a car park in the city of Leicester – a discovery Richard’s fans say will inspire new research into his maligned history.
University of Leicester researchers say tests on a battle-scarred skeleton unearthed last year prove “beyond reasonable doubt” that it is the king, who died at the Battle of Bosworth Field in 1485, and whose remains have been missing for centuries.
“Richard III, the last Plantagenet King of England, has been found,” said the university’s deputy registrar, Richard Taylor.
Bone specialist Jo Appleby said study of the bones provided “a highly convincing case for identification of Richard III”.
The Plantagenets were a royal dynasty whose strong-tempered rulers conquered Wales, battled France, and helped transform England into a thriving medieval kingdom. The last of the dynasty, Richard III was also the last English monarch to die in battle, immortalised by William Shakespeare as a hunchbacked usurper who left a trail of bodies – including those of his two princely nephews, murdered in the Tower of London – on his way to the throne.
DNA from the skeleton matched a sample taken from a distant living relative of Richard’s sister. Geneticist Turi King said Michael Ibsen, a Canadian carpenter living in London, shares with the skeleton a rare strain of mitochondrial DNA. She said combined with the archaeological evidence, that left little doubt the skeleton belonged to Richard.
Ibsen said he was “stunned” to discover he was related to the king – he is a 17th great-grand-nephew of Richard’s older sister.
“It’s difficult to digest” he said.
Mike Pitts, editor of British Archaeology magazine, said he found the evidence persuasive.
“I don’t think there is any question – it is Richard III,” said Pitts, who was not affiliated with the research team.
He said it was one of the most exciting archaeological discoveries in ages.
curious story..this bloodline is supposed to be one of the 13 illuminati bloodlines that run the world..going to post a video on the bloodlines soon..all US presidents can be traced back to european royalty..that means something eh?