British archaeologists will try to reveal one of the greatest mysteries in the history of Great Britain: the burial place of King Richard III, the last monarch of the House of York and the last in turn, to die on a battlefield, on August 22, 1485, at the Battle of Bosworth, being succeeded by Henry VII and Henry VIII, of the Tudor dynasty.
Henry Tudor (Henry VII), he became King and if the first measure was to take the body of his predecessor, Richard III, to Leicester, being exposed totally naked and hanging in view of all so that there would be no doubt in the population that the old king had died .
After two days of being subjected to public ignominy, the body of the king was buried in a church of the Franciscans of Leicester, known as Greyfriars.
With the rise to power of the son of Henry VII, Henry VIII, came the separation of the monarchy from the Catholic Church and the violent dissolution of the monasteries. In November 1538, Greyfriars Abbey and Church was totally destroyed, and while there is no record of what happened to the tomb of the King Richard III, the body never appeared.
Popular legend says that the tomb was smashed into a thousand pieces and the monarch's body was thrown into the Soar river. More than legend, it is due to a writing by John Speede, but that document was created 70 years after the sacking of the Church, so the facts are taken as assumptions.
Now, more than 500 years later, a team from the University of Leicester began the excavations last Saturday (the same day that Richard III died, August 25), in a parking lot where Greyfriars Church used to be.
“The chances of finding the old church are 80%. As for finding the body of Richard III, there is a possibility, very remote, but real"Commented the co-director of Archaeological Services at the University of Leicester, Richard Buckley.
“We not only have to find the building, but also the exact place where he was buried”He added.
Archaeologists on this occasion have a small advantage in case of finding a body: Richard III's DNA, because last Friday small samples were taken from a direct descendant of his sister who lived in Canada: Michael Ibsen.
If any remnant of the King is found, will be buried in Leicester Cathedral, a few steps away from the current excavation site.
Richard III only reigned for two years and was portrayed as a hunchbacked and power-hungry man, something we can find in one of the most famous works of Shakespeare: “The tragedy of King Richard III”.
“If we find him, we will be able to answer all those questions: his height, his physical constitution and obviously, how he died”, Explained the specialist, trying to confirm the theory of the multiple blows to the head he received in battle.
“We know that we are in the right place to investigate, but as is often the case in archeology, we will not be certain until we begin to survey the terrain”, He sentenced.
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