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My kingdom for a council parking lot …


Big archaeological news today: A skeleton dug up in Leicester, England parking lot suspected to be the remains of Richard III has been positively identified through DNA tests, scientists say. From the AP:

The 10 injuries to the body were inflicted by weapons like swords, daggers and halberds and were consistent with accounts of Richard being struck down in battle — his helmet knocked from his head — before his body was stripped naked and flung over the back of a horse in disgrace.

The skeleton shows evidence of scoliosis, which would be consistent with Shakespeare’s famous depiction of the king as having a hump in the play bearing his name. Some scholars over the years have suggested that Richard faked the hump.

All this has set folks on social media today bandying about literary allusions, of course. My favorite:

Fate loves irony. He died shortly after offering his kingdom for a horse, and he was found under the wheels of a Mustang.

Your reaction to opening weekend of ‘Richard III’


I am on vacation for a few blissful days, which means I didn’t get a chance this week to see a couple of theater openings: “Lost in Yonkers” at the 2nd Space Theatre, and of course “Richard III” at Woodward Park, which I wrote about in today’s Life section. I plan to see both when I return at the end of next week and post reviews accordingly.

In the meantime, I’m especially interested in opening-weekend reaction to “Richard III,” especially because of the strong opinions that were expressed on the blog after my review of “As You Like It.” What did you think?