Tuesday, February 5, 2013

Tuesday Tidbit: King Richard III Found in Parking Lot

In an unexpected announcement that both startled and brought a grin to the lips, scientists revealed that they had dug up the remains of the infamous King Richard the Third from a parking lot in Leicester, England.

Vilified by Shakespeare, some historians say Richard was actually a progressive ruler who instituted many reforms including the right to bail and the lifting of restrictions on books and printing presses, but his reputation was thoroughly trashed by the kings that seceded him.

Make me wonder if George R.R. Martin didn't use Richard as a model for "The Imp," Tyrion Lannister, who is much beloved by viewers of The Game of Thrones series. The books themselves are currently my favorite reading and I find the disfigured Tyrion one of Martin's most complex and fascinating characters. 

What do you think?  Lots of similarities to Richard III in Martin's work?  Many of you are much more knowledgeable about English history than I am and I'd love to hear your take on this discovery.

If you want to know more about this fascinating discovery, go to this link. There's even a slide show about the various steps of the dig. Read more:

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