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News: DNA confirms the body of King Richard III has been found

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News: DNA confirms the body of King Richard III has been found

It has today been confirmed that the skeleton found beneath a car park in Leicester is the body of King Richard III.

Experts from the University of Leicester say DNA from the bones found underneath the Leicester council car park on the first day of the archaeological dig matches that of descendants of the monarch's family.

The body also shows signs of about 10 wounds incurred at or around the time of death including eight to the head. This matches reports of the Battle of Bosworth Field in which King Richard III was killed in battle and the crown won by Henry Tudor (later King Henry VII) — the first of the Tudor dynasty which was to end the Wars of the Roses and reign supreme for over 100 years. King Richard was 32 when he died in this battle in 1485.

The body of King Richard III will be interred at Leicester Cathedral at a later date, the details of which are yet to be revealed.

The skeleton of the late king is also suggested to have some curvature to the spine as described by William Shakespeare is his lurid (and some argue fabricated) depiction of the character who was shunned by history for killing his two nephews, the princes in the tower. The discovery of the body will allow for deeper investigations into how accurate these depictions were and is the biggest discovery in Ricardian studies in 500 years. The Richard III society who argue the reviled king's innocence have welcomed the discovery with excitement.

Watch The King in the Car Park tonight at 9pm on Channel 4 to find out more.

Tagged: wars of the roses, tudor, skeleton, news, history, education, bosworth, archaeological

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