It looks possible, indeed probable, that the excavations in Leicester on the site of the Greyfriars which I mentioned some weeks ago may indeed have yielded what the archaeologists hoped for - the physical remains of King Richard III.
In the middle of the choir in which he was buried they have found the skeleton of a man who had suffered a serious head injury, had an arrow in his spine and displays scoliosis - curvature of the spine - which have caused the right shoulder to be higher than the left. All of that fits with what we know about King Richard's death and physical appearance. Modern archaeological science may be able to his identity and tell us much more about his medical history and about his actual appearance.
The latest BBC report on the archaeological findings can be read here.There are more details here in the Daily Telegraph report which can be read here. In the report in the Times the story is told that the King's white horse became stuck in a marsh and that the monarch was killed by a blow delivered by a Welshman, Wyllyam Gardynyr, with a pole axe.
There is talk of reburying the remains, after DNA testing, in Leicester Cathedral, in whose parish the site of the Greyfriars lies. I wonder if such a reburial will be accompanied by rites the King would have been familiar with - or in communion with. As Desmond Seward pointed out in his book on him he was a King notable for establishing requiems for those in whose deaths he might well be regarded as having participated or benefited thereby. The unkown sailor from the Mary Rose was buried with a Sarum Rite requiem as would have been offered in 1545. Will King Richard III in death, assuming that the bones are indeed his, receive a rite he would have known in life?