Richard The Third became king in 1483, and died in the Battle Of Bosworth Field in 1485. The life of the king has been subject to much speculation, as due to nature of his accession not only were his bones buried and forgotten about, but his life was also subject to having many rumours made about it. The most famous image of King Richard The third people conjure up is that of the evil tyrant portrayed in Shakespeare’s play about him.
The excavation of Richard The Third’s bones was successfully proven by DNA testing and facial reconstruction through advanced techniques used by scientists today. The overall aim of the project was to determine who Richard The Third really was, whether he was the tyrant and monster of a man portrayed by Shakespeare, or whether he was actually a fine and just king who had his name and reputation slandered as a final and long-lasting attack from King Henry The Seventh. The Girl Who Takes Credit
The Richard The Third Society uphold to this day that Richard The third was a kind king who was besmirched by Henry The Seventh to make himself look so much better. By the time Shakespeare wrote his play it is likely that any rumours started in the reign of Henry the Seventh would be regarded as fact, therefore meaning the truth can never be obtained. There is strong evidence to suggest that Richard The Third was the evil king he is rumoured to be, but these facts can easily be broken apart by knowledge we have today.
Richard The third had a famous hump, which made him look as though he had a hunched back, making him monster-like in appearance as the rumours go. The bones of the king were found to show signs of scoliosis, a serious condition which causes a curvature of the spine, and would have meant that not only would Richard have looked as though he had a hump, he would also have had a weaker body due to having a very serious medical condition, which fits with descriptions of him from the time, but doesn’t mean he acted like a monster.
The killer blow to Richard The Third’s reputation was made through the disappearance of his ward, Edward The Fifth and his brother Richard. These princes were reported to have been locked in the Tower Of London and executed on Richard The Third’s orders, but there’s no real evidence for this. Edward The Fifth was set to become king until he was declared illegitimate, making Richard The Third the true heir to the throne. Those who believe in the monstrous king uphold this view, but it’s entirely possible it is nothing more than a fabricated outcome to a different turn of events.
Illegitimate sons of nobility were often given lower ranking titles, but it’s entirely possible that in the case of these two princes, Richard The Third sent them away under cover of darkness to live with peasants as apprentices to men or women of trade. Whilst highly unlikely, it is also possible these princes were sent to a monastery with two peasants poising as their parents, offering money if the monastery would take the boys on to become novitiates and later, monks, but only if there was no evidence given of their illegitimacy.