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A top news story today is the confirmation of the remains of Richard III.
In September 2012, these remains were discovered at a car park in Leicester.
Aside from this recent discovery, the most people know about this king is what is captured in Shakespeare’s play of the same name.
We look at how the deaths of some of Shakespeare’s greatest historical characters match up with their true endings.
John, King of England How it happens in Shakespeare: King Philip II of France wants King John to renounce the throne to Arthur, who Philip believes is the rightful heir.
How it really happened: He became king in 1483 after taking the throne from his nephew Edward V.
He becomes increasingly paranoid and loses popularity.He goes into battle at Bosworth Field where he is deserted and killed by Richmond (Henry Tudor), who becomes Henry VII.After tracking down Richard’s living ancestors, a DNA test was applied to verify that the remains, in fact, are those of the 15th century ruler.While it was known that Richard III died at Bosworth Field in 1485, this exact location had been lost.
Richard III How it happens in Shakespeare: When his brother King Edward IV dies, Richard becomes the Protector of his nephews.
He leads them to an extended stay in the Tower of London and names himself King.