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  • Breaking: Skeleton found in car park is that of Richard III, last Plantagenet king of England

    htthttp://www.guardian.co.uk/science/blog/2013/feb/04/richard-iii-skeleton-last-plantagenet-king-live

     

    Rathern interesting, especially for history geeks like me

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  • #2

    Yeah, the bones were DNA tested and found to match two of Richard's descendants. As a former King of England, they are being treated with a surprising (I guess) amount of respect, despite being 550 years old and his piss-poor rep in history (Mainly due to Shakespeare, who, for reasons of keeping his head, had to suck up to the Tudors.  Henry Tudor aka Henry VII, defeated Richard III to claim the crown and end the War of the Roses. Henry VII doesn't get the play Henry VIII does but he was actually far more interesting.).

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    • Red Ant
      Red Ant commented
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      I find neither as interesting as the rulers of England (& France) earlier on during the peak of the 100 years' war. I find the period between Crecy and Agincourt fascinating.

    • moonlightin
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      yanktar wrote:

      Yeah, the bones were DNA tested and found to match two of Richard's descendants. As a former King of England, they are being treated with a surprising (I guess) amount of respect, despite being 550 years old and his piss-poor rep in history (Mainly due to Shakespeare, who, for reasons of keeping his head, had to suck up to the Tudors.  Henry Tudor aka Henry VII, defeated Richard III to claim the crown and end the War of the Roses. Henry VII doesn't get the play Henry VIII does but he was actually far more interesting.).


      I did hear the tudors did a lot of writing of that history.


    • rushtallica
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      yanktar wrote:

      Yeah, the bones were DNA tested and found to match two of Richard's descendants. As a former King of England, they are being treated with a surprising (I guess) amount of respect, despite being 550 years old and his piss-poor rep in history (Mainly due to Shakespeare, who, for reasons of keeping his head, had to suck up to the Tudors.  Henry Tudor aka Henry VII, defeated Richard III to claim the crown and end the War of the Roses. Henry VII doesn't get the play Henry VIII does but he was actually far more interesting.).


      If Richard III had many guns, this wouldn't have happened.


  • #3

    Interesting! "My kingdom for a parking spot!"

     

    The article I saw mentions *ahem* 'humiliation injuries', such as might have been made by a halberd to the buttocks.

     

    I've been reading a lot about the Plantagenet kings and have been thinking about doing a tour of the historical sites. Gotta add the car park to the list!

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    • #4

      I'm mostly into the period from Henry II to Henry IV -- it drops off a bit for me after that, but the War of the Roses and the Edward IV reign are also interesting.

       

      That mini-series BBC did on Henry VIII was unwatchable for me, but lots of people recommended it.  

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      • nice keetee
        nice keetee commented
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        Jimmy Hoffa.


    • #5

      Consider the Yorkists had done what they could to completely exterminate the Lancasters, it's not that surprising that he was buried in ignominiously. One of Henry VII's better moves from the view of healing the wounds fot he past was to marry a Yorkist...

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      • #6

        A lot of people don't realize that Richard III was actually a very accomplished dancer, in spite of his physical deformities. Hence the line, "Now is the winter of our discotheques..." 

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        • Opposite Day
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          Zig al-din wrote:

          A lot of people don't realize that Richard III was actually a very accomplished dancer, in spite of his physical deformities. Hence the line, "Now is the winter of our discotheques..." 


          My uncle would love this one.


        • thankyou
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          Zig al-din wrote:

          A lot of people don't realize that Richard III was actually a very accomplished dancer, in spite of his physical deformities. Hence the line, "Now is the winter of our discotheques..." 


          I'd like to write some winter music for discotheques on my keyboard, Roland on the River.


        • flemtone
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          Zig al-din wrote:

          A lot of people don't realize that Richard III was actually a very accomplished dancer, in spite of his physical deformities. Hence the line, "Now is the winter of our discotheques..." 



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          REPORTED!!


      • #7

        Ah yeah. 

         

        The guy who oppressed Mel Gibson. 

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        • Red Ant
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          Zig al-din wrote:

          Ah yeah. 

           

          The guy who oppressed Mel Gibson. 


          The guy who at one point had both the king of Scotland and the kind of France as prisoners



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