King Richard III

King Richard III ruled England from 1483 to 1485, a reign cut short by his death at the Battle of Bosworth Field, the decisive battle in the English civil war known as the War of the Roses. Ultimately, science has found, his body was buried beneath what became a parking lot in Leicester, England. DNA and other analyses confirmed the bones to be the lost medieval king, whose villainous reputation was immortalized a century after his death, when William Shakespeare penned the play "Richard III." Scientists continue to study the bones and historical records, which have suggested the king was a control freak who had a friendly face and may have endured painful treatment for his scoliosis. His body eventually will be reinterred in the Leicester Cathedral.Keep up with the latest discoveries and insights involving King Richard III with LiveScience's news and features.
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Photos: Rubbish Piles & Roman Mosaics Unearthed in Historical English City
roman, medieval leicester
December 14th, 2015
Not far from where the English king Richard III was buried, archaeologists have uncovered some everyday treasures.
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Mystery Woman Buried Near Richard III
Leicester lead coffin
March 1st, 2015
When archaeologists opened a tomb near the grave of British King Richard III, they expected to find the skeleton of a knight or a friar. But instead, they found the bones of an old woman.
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Richard III Really Ate (and Drank) Like a King
Richard III's skull
August 18th, 2014
Richard III ruled England for just two years and two months before he was killed. And yet, during his short time wearing the crown, Richard certainly ate like a king, a new study finds.
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Backyard Bonanza: Medieval Outhouses and Roman Roads Unearthed
roman, medieval leicester
December 14th, 2015
Backyards haven't changed much over the past 1,000 years or so. While digging in an area not far from where King Richard III's bones were found, archaeologists unearth rubbish pits, outhouses and mosaic pavements along what were once people's backyards.
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King Richard III's Final Moments Were Quick & Brutal
A photograph of Richard III's jaw and face show penetrating injuries to the maxilla, or upper jaw.
September 16th, 2014
A new postmortem analysis of the war wounds on the skeleton of Richard III reveal that the last Plantagenet king of England was injured at least 11 times, but probably died due to one of two brutal stab wounds to the head.
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All Hail King Richard! Details of Elaborate Burial Unveiled
king richard iii's stone tomb
August 8th, 2014
After much controversy, the remains of King Richard III will be laid to rest on Thursday, March 26, 2015, in Leicester Cathedral during one of three services to honor the English king, the University of Leicester announced.
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How Twisted Was King Richard III's Spine? New Models Reveal His Condition
three dimensional model of spine with scoliosis
May 29th, 2014
Shakespeare called him a hunchback, but a 3D model of Richard III's spine shows he had adolescent idiopathic scoliosis. While the condition caused one of his shoulders to sit higher than the other, it likely didn't lead to a limp or breathing problems.
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King Richard III's Coffin Arrives at Leicester Cathedral
March 23rd, 2015
This week, Richard, the last king of the House of York, is being reburied with all the pomp and circumstance of a royal funeral.
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King Richard III's Hasty Grave Opened to the Public
The original hastily dug grave of Richard III of England (shown here) can now be viewed by the public at a visitor center for the king in Leicester, England.
July 28th, 2014
The public can now visit the first, but not final, resting place of King Richard III of England. The king's bones were found in 2012 in a parking lot in Leicester, England.
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