The remains of England's King Richard III have been found, bringing to a close a mystery that has puzzled scholars for centuries.
Several tests on the remains found under a car park in Leicester have shown that they are indeed that of King Richard.
The remains (shown above) show he died a violent death, which is consistent the historical account of Richard’s death at the Battle of Bosworth in 1485.
He had also suffered from scoliosis, curvature of the spine, which would have given him a stoop and led to one shoulder being significantly higher than the other.
This also matches contemporary accounts of Richard III as the hunchback monarch
This is a copy of a 16th century painting of King Richard III by an unknown artist.
Richard was killed in the Battle of Bosworth Field, the last battle in the Wars of the Roses. He was the last English king to die in battle.
King Richard III was the subject of the play Richard lll by William Shakespeare.
When Richard died on the battlefield it was the end of both the Wars of the Roses and the Plantagenet dynasty -- a turning point in English history
The Wars of the Roses were a series of dynastic wars fought between supporters of two rival branches of the royal House of Plantagenet: the houses of Lancaster (red rose) and York (white rose) -- whose heraldic symbols were the red rose or the white rose.
Richard was last king of the House of York and the last of the Plantagenet dynasty.
The report about identifying King Richard’s remains can be found here.