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Richard III Uncovered?


Richard III [Credit: The Granger Collection, New York]
Richard III, The Granger Collection, New York
One of the plays our High School Fellowship group at the Folger Shakespeare Library  is studying this semester is Richard III.  Long considered one of the most evil of English kings, Richard III may be able to defend himself and change the way we look at him more that 500 years after his death.  A recent archaeological dig reported in the The New York Times has uncovered what medieval scholars believe are the remains of Richard III.  DNA studies and isotope testing are now underway, with results expected by early 2013.  According to the Times article, there are those who believe that “Richard has been the victim of a campaign of denigration — begun by the Tudor monarchs who succeeded him ….” If the analysis verifies the remains as those of  Richard III, what will this mean for those of us who teach the play?