Big day for Richard III fans. BIG day.
First, the background:
Richard has a historically bad reputation, and many people blame Tudor propagandists, especially their chief toady, Shakespeare. The Richard III Society just wants the truth, and supports research into the life and times of the last British king to die on the battlefield.
Many of us become Ricardians by reading "Daughter of Time," a mystery by Josephine Tey. Others may be getting there after reading "Game of Thrones," which was partly inspired by the Wars of the Roses, and pits the Starks (Yorks) against the Lannisters (Lancasters). [Remember that Richard was "this son of York," which means he was a Stark and thus a good guy.
] [Plus other GoT shoutouts, but don't get me started.]
SO, archaeologists digging under a parking lot in central England found a skeleton in the ruins of a medieval church. The back of the skull had been cleaved and an arrowhead was lodged in the back (TYPICAL of a Tudor to shoot someone in the back, which was NOT hunched, btw). They will test mitochondria from a direct descendant of Richard's sister to confirm whether these are his remains.
On the extremely off chance that not everyone wants to talk about Richard III, feel free to use this thread to discuss any other hopelessly obscure passions you may harbor.
[the Richard III Society site]
"... the purpose and indeed the strength of the Richard III Society derive from the belief that the truth is more powerful than lies - a faith that even after all these centuries the truth is important. It is proof of our sense of civilised values that something as esoteric and as fragile as reputation is worth campaigning for."
Loyaulte me lie * Loyalty binds me