Richard III of England

Richard III (2 October 1452 22 August 1485) was King of England from 1483 until his death in 1485 at the age of 32 in the Battle of Bosworth Field. He was the last king of the House of York and the last of the Plantagenet dynasty. His defeat at Bosworth Field, the last decisive battle of the Wars of the Roses, marked the end of the Middle Ages in England.

After the battle Richard's body was taken to Leicester and unceremoniously buried. In 2012, an archaeological excavation was commissioned by the Richard III Society on a city council car park on the site once occupied by Greyfriars Priory Church.The University of Leicester identified the skeleton found in the excavation as that of Richard III as a result of radiocarbon dating, comparison with contemporary reports of his appearance, and comparison of his mitochondrial DNA with that of two matrilineal descendants of Richard III's eldest sister, Anne of York. Richard's remains were reburied in Leicester Cathedral on 26 March 2015.


His motto was Loyaulte me lie, "Loyalty binds me"; and his personal device was a white boar.


Source: Wikipedia entry on Richard III, see links below.

Links

Wikipedia

The Richard III Society

King Richard in Leicester

Leicester University - The Discovery of Richard III