Thursday, September 5, 2013

Richard III: Back From the Grave

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Richard III; Back From the Grave

“An honest tale speeds best, being
plainly told.”--William Shakespeare

We do not know his full name,
this much maligned monarch,
slain by Henry Tudor’s smaller forces
on August 22, 1485 at the Battle
of Bosworth Field; unhorsed, no helmet,
he faced the pikes & swords alone,
losing the decisive battle of the
War of the Roses,

and it was written that his corpse was mistreated,
stripped naked, sustaining several humiliation
injuries, then buried in a small narrow grave,
legs broken, hands tied behind his back, with
no RIP for this crumpled corpse;

yet now his skeletal remains have been unearthed
beneath an English Car Park in Leicester, found
among the ruins of Greyfriars friary, after five
troubled centuries, despite historical rumors
that his body had been dug up several hundred
years before & dumped in a nearby river, 
after years of constant demolition & rebuilding,
after the monarch’s grave had been lost to history,
his skeleton has returned, found mere inches
from old brick foundations,

and the bones tell a tale of violent death,
10 wounds, 8 to the head, 2 to the body,
and that he had suffered with a round worm
infection, and had a severe case of scoliosis,
perhaps debunking the idea he was a hunchback.

They found a descendent of the House of York,
compared the DNA, and it was an exact match,
before setting into motion heated arguments
over the royal remains--should he be re-buried
with a state funeral at Westminster Abbey?

No, it was decided that the king would be
reinterred at Leicester Cathedral, close to
where he died in battle, one of the very few
English monarchs to do so on British soil.

Perhaps now the history books will be
rewritten & corrected as the bone shards
of truth spoke clearly, as many 15th Century
Tudorists have become restless in their
own graves, still clinging with dead fingers
to their politically-perverted biased
version of his colorful reign. 

Glenn Buttkus

September 2013

Posted over on dVerse Poets FFA

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Björn said...

What a glorious take on the riddles... Those bones being found, still I wonder if it's true. And those riddles back in history. But I guess that DNA is better than most indicators of truth...

Claudia said...

i'm always amazed what experts nowadays can read in some age old bones - it's awesome and yeah - some of the history books may need a little adaption...on the other hand....maybe we should let em rest in peace.. cool take glenn

Mystic_Mom said...

LOVE a forensic mystery riddle poem...yes I do! Wow this is epic. Great stuff my friend!

Victoria said...

History at its best...a puzzle. This makes me want to read Shakespeare's Richard III. I'm way to ignorant of his story.

howanxious said...

Well, such historical discoveries always make me think of life. After 5 centuries, so many things have happened in these 5 centuries. Humanity kills, humanity survives, humanity is on the verge of committing suicide.

Interesting creation... An informational read!

Brian Miller said...

hey he died on my birthday....smiles...history, as easy as it seems it shoul d be to look back and know is def a riddle considering who wrote it.....and then trying to find the evidence to support take man

hyperCRYPTICal said...

This is quite wonderful Glenn, a wonderful history lesson.
Bones have so many stories to tell...
Anna :o]

annotating60 said...

Gleen I love history, especiaslly Tudor, among others. Your writes are always so informative one way or the other.>KB

Maggie Grace said...

How interesting that today's technology can answer so many questions about his death. And such a riddle about the grave beneath the parking lot. Awesome topic!

kaykuala said...

Great take on the riddle Glenn! You've brought out a national big question left unanswered positively! Sad there were signs of torture, though!


Truedessa said...

It was fun to read about all the signs that can be found in those remaining bones. They tell a tale of the person who existed so long ago. It is all so amazing.

HisFireFly said...

a riddle indeed even in its solving

Semaphore said...

This was epic! Not just content with addressing the challenge I set, but also bridging time, with your excursion into the historical past by way of a contemporary archeological find. Brilliant! I expected nothing less than this from you, and you didn't disappoint!