The Real Richard III

Portrait of King Richard III, The National Portrait Gallery / Benedict Cumberbatch photo: UKderivative work: Images: RanZag (talk). commons.wikimedia.org

Portrait of King Richard III, The National Portrait Gallery / Benedict Cumberbatch photo: UKderivative work: Photo: RanZag (talk). commons.wikimedia.org

  • At the age of 7, Richard was a prisoner of war under the Lancasters, along with his mother, and siblings George and Margaret.
  • Richard III was the last King of England to die in battle. He died August 22, 1485, at the age of 32, during the Battle of Bosworth Field, only two years into his reign.
  • September 2012: a team of archeologists uncovered the remains of Richard III in a modern day parking lot, once the Grey Friars Church. Positively identified by DNA testing, research on his skeleton indicated that he suffered from stress-related bruxism or teeth grinding.
  • There has been much talk about Actor Benedict Cumberbatch being related to Richard III. Genealogist Kevin Schürer said they are second cousins, 16 times removed. It has been estimated up to 17 million UKers are related in some way to Richard, although 
not as closely as Cumberbatch.