Over Two Years Earlier…
This writing follows up on my post in February 2013 about my Royal and sometimes controversial Plantagenet family and whether I would choose to claim them. That article was sparked by the forensic archaeological discovery of King Richard III‘s remains under a parking lot in the English city of Leicester. Now, 25 months later, all the forensic studies have been done and King Richard the III’s reburial over 530 years later on March 26, 2015, in Leicester Cathedral is a funeral befitting a King–drawing over 70,000 spectators!
King Richard III for my non historian readers was killed at the Battle of Bosworth on 22 August, 1485. This battle ended the 30 year Wars of the Roses (the traditional name given to the intermittent struggles (1455–85) for the throne of England between the noble houses of York (whose badge was a white rose) and Lancaster (associated with the red rose) and began the reign of the Tudor family.
After the battle, legend states that Richard’s crown was found in a hawthorn bush near where he died. Regardless, Henry Tudor, Earl of Richmond, was crowned king later that day on a hill near Stoke Golding. Henry, now King Henry VII, had Richard’s body stripped and thrown over a horse to be taken to Leicester. There it was displayed for two days to prove that Richard was dead. Moving to London, Henry consolidated his hold on power, establishing the Tudor Dynasty. Following his official coronation on October 30, he married Elizabeth of York!
Today’s Forensics Identified King Richard’s Most Likely Cause of Death
Modern forensic analysis of the King Richard’s skeletal remains revealed that three of his injuries had the potential to cause death quickly—two to the skull and one to the pelvis. The full study can be found on TheLancet.com: http://bit.ly/1r8eAUR.