The Richard III [del]apologists[/del] historians are hoping to get a re-examination of ol’ “Crookback Dick” without the filter of Tudor-slanted slander. I’m not quite sure how having his skeleton helps with this, but hey, it’s cool. I’ve read Josephine Tey’s Daughter of Time and dug it. (Though there’s also the rebuttal by Guy Townsend, which I read a billion years ago in The Armchair Detective, and he makes a good argument too.) Either way, I’m up to learning he wasn’t nearly as vile as Shakespeare and the Tudorites claimed.
Either way this is astonishing news and it legitimately gave this Anglophile chills.
I look forward to the unearthing of Jimmy Hoffa in 2678 or so.
I am well acquainted with one of the academics who is an international authority on Richard III; when all this came out last autumn, he was bombarded with questions from people at the Richard III Society wanting him to be indignant on their behalf (re: concerning new burial place). He did do some interviews with the BBC at the time, but he also spent a lot of time hiding in his office.
Apparently they’ve already decided he’ll be buried in Leicester Cathedral.
An old school friend of mine reads the news on BBC Radio Leicester and is BEYOND EXCITED.
BTW, I don’t really get what motivates the Richard III Society. Having read many histories on the subject, he really doesn’t come over well, even if he didn’t kill the Princes in the Tower (and I thought majority opinion was that he probably did).
Annoyingly, the press conference on the BBC this morning was interrupted for the exciting news bulletin that Huhne admitted to speeding. Numpty-twat MPs are a dime a dozen; it could have waited for confirmation of a king, I expect.
SanVito, R3 is still very popular up north York way; it’s a long holdover from the days when Henry Tudor was seen as a usurper (which of course he was). As I recall from the news when all this came out last autumn, there was a lot of interest in having Richard buried in York if it turned out to be him.
The juxtaposition of these lines produced a moment of mis-parsing. I first read “excitement” as “excrement”, and made a confused (and mercifully brief) effort to connect it to MickNickMaggies’ comment.
What goes around comes around. It was the University of Leicester that pioneered the use of DNA identification twenty odd years ago. It’s that same university which has led this investigation using those same techniques.
Leicester is an old city – there are the remains of Roman baths a short walk away from where the Greyfriars Church was located – so if you dig anywhere in the centre of the city you are going to find archeological remains up to 2,000 years old. A few bones would be nothing.