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The earliest surviving portrait of Richard (c. 1520)  (Society of Antiquaries, London) Unknown Artist

The earliest surviving portrait of Richard (c. 1520)
(Society of Antiquaries, London)
Unknown Artist

You’ve probably lost your car or even your keys in a parking lot, but did you know that England lost a king in one?

Richard III is depicted as the worst king England ever had, apart from King John. Richard III is infamous for having locked his young nephew, Edward V, in the Tower of London and seizing the crown for himself. However, this did not come without suspicion to the reason why: Edward V was illegitimate, or so Richard said. Edward IV, Richard’s brother, may have not been legally married to Elizabeth Woodville, and therefore Edward V couldn’t be king. Edward V later died in the tower sometime in 1483, possibly of Richard’s orders. His possible body was later discovered in the 1600’s.

Richard did not rule long, however. The War of the Roses was not yet over, and Henry Tudor, a claimant to the throne, landed in England in 1485, initiating the Battle of Bosworth Field. Richard was killed in battle, and Henry took the throne as Henry VII. However, no one knew what happened to Richard III’s body-until now. Richard’s body was discovered in 2012 in none other than a parking lot close to the battle site, and was confirmed as genuine. In fact, it was laid to rest in Leicester Cathedral just yesterday.

Richard III’s body was not the only thing important found in a parking lot in England-a Viking long ship was also found buried there!

To read more about his exciting discovery, check out this website

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