Richard the Third

The Richard III Reburial: What Does It Say About Us?

Greg Jenner | Posted 23.03.2015 | UK
Greg Jenner

Yesterday's funeral was about us: about what we feel when we talk about the past, or the concept of death. It was a wish-fulfilment exercise for our own confused emotions about who we are as people, and where we originated...

Pictures Show Richard III's Battle-Wounded Skeleton

The Huffington Post UK | Posted 06.02.2013 | UK

Tests on a skeleton found under a car park in Leicester have confirmed that the remains belong to Richard III, archaeologists have said. The first ...

Richard III - Should We Care?

Greg Jenner | Posted 12.11.2012 | UK Lifestyle
Greg Jenner

So, should we care that he may have been found? What more does it tell us, other than he maybe had a curved spine but wasn't a hunchback? It's a story with innate glamour - the last king to die in battle, famous from Shakespeare, the final act of the Wars of the Roses, and we DO love the monarchy these days - but it actually adds very little to our understanding of the late 15th Century... However, it could be a thing of tremendous potency; a reminder that historical and archaeological research does warrant all that effort and diligence.