A Story Fit for the Stage: The Discovery of Richard III

Richard III, photo credit University of Leicester

Richard III, photo credit University of Leicester

Last spring, news was made when bones discovered beneath a parking lot in Leicester, England were identified as King Richard III.   Made famous to audiences throughout the centuries with Shakespeare’s play of the same name, Richard III was the last king in the House of York and died in the Battle of Bosworth Field, the last battle in the War of the Roses.In this month’s issue of Mental Floss, filmmaker Patricia Langley describes how she came to find the final resting place of the infamous king (it involves psychic power), the difference between what Shakespeare wrote about Richard III and what history says about him (he may not have been as bad as Shakespeare portrayed him), and what the aftermath of this discovery has been (will history change the way they look at Richard III?).

Have you seen the play or one of the many film versions of “Richard III?”  What do you think of the “tyrant” king?

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