Thanks to William Shakespeare and a series of historical books, the legacy of Richard III‘s reign is primarily associated with crime, plots, and unbridled ambition. Described as misshapen, fake, and evil, he’s sort of the favorite villain of actors like Al Pacino and Laurence Olivier, to name two. However, thanks to a history-obsessed Scotswoman, leader of the Richard III Society, the memory of the last Plantagenet king, defeated in battle by Henry Tudor, has been revised. And the story behind that story is incredible. So amazing it became a movie.
The Lost King, directed by Stephen Frears, tells how writer Philippa Langley, on a visit to Leicester, near the Leicestershire town of Market Bosworth, where the king was defeated and killed, felt a strange connection with him. In the middle of a parking lot, he spotted a letter R for Reserved. He thought that was the sign.
Did you think she was crazy? Undoubtedly. But she had a certainty she couldn’t explain. The fact was that five centuries ago, no one knew where Richard III‘s body was. Buried as a pauper or thrown into the Soar River were the two main strands.
Spurred on by Phillipa, the Richard III Society began an ambitious project to obtain authorization to carry out archaeological excavations in the parking lot, which in the past was confirmed to have been the site of the Greyfriars Priory Church, a Franciscan chapel that was destroyed in the 16th century. was the R for Reserved they found a skeleton, with severe scoliosis and features of the king. The bones indicated that the person died when he was between 25 and 40 years old, from injuries sustained in battle. Ricardo was 32 when he was defeated.
It was with great emotion that the DNA tests proved Philippa was right. Richard III’s body was unidentified for 527 years but was buried in Leicester Cathedral in March 2015.
The movie, The Lost King, is yet to be released. Today, August 22, 2022, marks the exact 537th anniversary of Richard’s death, with the defeat at Bosworth, on August 22, 1485. An unbelievable story.