KING Richard III, whose skeleton was discovered today (Monday), owned Warwick Castle for 13 years between his marriage to Anne Neville in 1472 and his death at the Battle of Bosworth in 1485.
History experts confirmed this morning that the skeleton found buried beneath a car park in Leicester and discovered last September was indeed that of Richard III, the last English king to be killed in battle.
DNA from the bones matched that of descendants of the monarch's family. The skeleton had suffered ten injuries, including eight to the skull. King Richard was 32 when he died at Bosworth which was the last battle in the War of the Roses.
Having married Anne Neville - daughter of Richard Neville, the 16th Earl of Warwick, who was known as the kingmaker, Richard automatically became the owner of Warwick Castle because of his marriage to Anne who was also born at the castle.
Richard commissioned the building of a new keep or gun tower on the north wall of the castle which is known as Clarence Tower. He never got to see the tower completed as he was killed at Bosworth in 1485.
For her part, Anne Neville was popularised in a best selling book written last year by author Philippa Gregory and called ‘The King Maker’s Daughter.’
According to Professor Stanley Wells, Honorary President of the Shakespeare Birthplace Trust, yesterday’s confirmation about Richard III could change our perceptions about the much-maligned king often portrayed as a malevolent, power hungry hunchback by Shakespeare.
Professor Wells recently told the Midweek Herald: "It will be intriguing to see if any theatre companies attempt to reinterpret Shakespeare's Richard III based on the find in Leicester."
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