Palace plots, assassination attempts and multiple marriages would have made family reunions in these royal lineages awkward, to say the least.
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.
The personal prayer book of King Richard III — in which the English king likely scrawled a reminder of his birthday in his own hand — is now available to peruse online.
Not far from where the English king Richard III was buried, archaeologists have uncovered some everyday treasures.
While history records the exploits of kings and queens, archaeologists mostly dig up anonymous common people -- with a few exceptions.
Five hundred and thirty years after his violent death in battle, one of history's most infamous kings, Richard III, was reburied in a lavish ceremony in Leicester, England.
After scientists uncovered evidence of infidelity in Richard’s family tree last year, they announced today (March 25) that they discovered more hints of daddy drama in the historical family.
This week, Richard, the last king of the House of York, is being reburied with all the pomp and circumstance of a royal funeral.
On Sunday (March 22), Richard's fans will kick off a week of events complete with fireworks, choirs and solemn processions to celebrate the reburial of the medieval king.
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.
The discovery of the head wound that very likely killed Richard III of England was caught on film and has now been released for the first time to the public.
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Battle-scarred bones found under an English parking lot two years ago really do belong to the medieval King Richard III, according to a new analysis of genetic and genealogical evidence.