There was some closure earlier this year for the Plantagenets — who ruled and shaped England for three centuries — when the last of their line was confirmed to have been found, at long last, buried under a public parking lot in Leicester.
Richard III, the hunchback made infamous by Shakespeare and memorably played by Ian McKellen on the silver screen, was killed at the Battle of Bosworth in 1485, the last English monarch to die in combat. “A horse, a horse, my kingdom for a horse” were the last words Shakespeare had him say, and they may not have been far off the mark. The forensic evidence matches the contemporary chroniclers’ accounts, which assert that the king’s horse got bogged down, allowing enemy infantry to pull him from his saddle, throw him to the ground and stab and hack him to death.
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The Plantagenets: The Warrior Kings and Queens Who Made England