September 8, 2012
Re "Race to unearth a royal mystery," Column One, Sept. 5 At last, we may have some truth about Richard III, who has been maligned for centuries. Let's remember that history is written by the victors - in this case, the Tudors - after Henry VII, whose claim was very tenuous, gained the throne. No one really knows what happened to the little princes in the tower. We do know that their succession to the throne was not valid when it was discovered that Edward IV's wife, Elizabeth Woodville, had been betrothed before marrying Edward, and therefore their marriage and thus their children were not legitimate.
August 31, 1997 |
Made with gusto, daring and visual brilliance, this stripped-down, jazzed-up "Richard" pulsates with bloody life, a triumph of both modernization and popularization. Director Richard Loncraine and star Ian McKellen (pictured, who also collaborated on the screenplay) keeps the spirit of Shakespeare's words (though the play is much-abridged here) but switched the setting from the 15th century to England of the 1930s (TMC Thursday at 7:15 p.m.).
February 4, 2013 |
LONDON -- More than 500 years after his death in battle, scientists announced Monday that they had definitively identified a skeleton unearthed in central England last summer as that of Richard III, the medieval king portrayed by William Shakespeare as a homicidal tyrant who killed his two young nephews in order to ascend the throne. DNA from the bones, found beneath the ruins of an old church, matches that of a living descendant of the monarch's sister, researchers said. "Rarely have the conclusions of academic research been so eagerly awaited," Richard Buckley, the lead archaeologist on the excavation, told a phalanx of reporters Monday morning.
February 8, 2013 |
Who was Richard III? We've got an idea of what he looked like thanks to a new 3-D reconstruction of his head, made after the discovery of his skull, along with the rest of his skeleton, under a parking lot in Leicester, England. But what kind of person he was remains in dispute. Was the king, who died at 32 in the Battle of Bosworth Field in 1485, an emerging democrat and saintly protector? Or was he the "poisonous bunch-backed toad" of Shakespeare's "Richard III," an ogre who murdered his brother's sons and stole the crown, making him the most notorious usurper in English history?
March 5, 2013 |
It was hard to find the physical remains of King Richard III . Imagine how hard, then, to psychoanalyze the man. That, nonetheless, is what Mark Landsdale, head of the University of Leicester School of Psychology, has attempted to do, with help from colleague Julian Boon, a forensic psychologist. They presented their findings over the weekend at the university. Last month, scientists from the same university announced they had found and identified the remains of the last of England's Plantagenet monarchs, depicted by Shakespeare as a murderous, hunchbacked psychopath who assassinated two young princes.
February 4, 2013 |
In America, we paved paradise and put up a parking lot. In Britain, they put up a parking lot and paved over a king. As my colleague Henry Chu reported : More than 500 years after his death in battle, scientists announced Monday that they had definitively identified a skeleton unearthed in northern England last summer as that of Richard III, the medieval king portrayed by William Shakespeare as a homicidal tyrant who killed his two...