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.
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.
King Richard III of England will be laid back to rest in a wooden coffin sealed beneath a tomb made of Swaledale fossil stone in Leicester Cathedral, the dean of the cathedral announced Monday (June 16).
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.