I think if I hear one more car park joke I'll scream!
I'm afraid I can't work up much enthusiasm for this find, probably because my interests lie in a later period of British history and I always thought Richard was a highly dubious individual anyway, but I do admire the work that went into proving that these remains were indeed those of the king and what must have been involved in tracing his present day descendant. Also genealogical DNA testing is fascinating!
I'm sure a lot of car park jokes will be doing the rounds. I'm also waiting for people to do something with the way he was found in Leicester Social Services, even just to say that with his scoliosis he was probably trying to claim Disability Living Allowance lol.
My period of interest is the Tudors really, but I'll dip a toe into anything and see what interests me.
I think it's hard to know what Richard III was like. Admirers would swear he was the victim of Tudor propaganda, which does make sense in a lot of ways - the Tudors weren't exactly innocent themselves - but others would swear he was a total villain. It's hard to know what he was, but he would have been a man of his time, and they were dark times. The big thing, of course, is whether he did murder his nephews, or rather, have them murdered. I don't think we'll ever be able to say definitively. There is apparently not much evidence that he did, but equally not much that he didn't.
It's the work that has gone in to finding him that fascinates me. It's amazing to me to think they found some remains quickly, within a couple of hours of beginning to look apparently. What has taken time is proving that it is him. The DNA evidence, the genealogy they've had to do, fascinates me.