Now That Richard III Has Been Found, Will His Image Rebound?

We speak with the osteoarchaeologist who dug up Richard III's bones.

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Richard III
The earliest surviving portrait of Richard (c. 1520, after a lost original), formerly belonging to the Paston family. Photo:Wikimedia Commons
Now That Richard III Has Been Found, Will His Image Rebound?
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Now That Richard III Has Been Found, Will His Image Rebound?

It was history rearing up out of the ground to snap its jaws at fantasy.

While many of us waited impatiently for the March 31 resumption of "Game of Thrones," investigators found the skeleton of Richard III.
 
What does one thing have to do with the other? George R.R. Martin based his "Game of Thrones" novel -- loosely! --  on the Wars of the Roses. And the Wars of the Roses are understood both historically and through Shakespeare. In fact, one aspect of Shakespeare's greatness is that way he is able to compete with -- and prevail over -- historical reality. He's that good. 
 
The discovery of the bones of the king shed light on a few things but didn't really answer the most pressing question.  Was he as bad as Tudor historians and then Shakespeare made him out to be? Today on the show, a little more about that.
 
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EMAIL FROM DIANA:

Your program about Richard III was absolutely wonderful. Many, many thanks for it.

That Was My Fault

Hi Deidre - Colin's producer here. That was my fault, I wrote it wrong in the show notes. Our apologies!

-Patrick

E-mail from Deidre

Listened to your Richard III show today with delight, especially since you featured Peter Saccio--one of my most memorable professors from my days at Dartmouth. But please---it's Dartmouth COLLEGE, not UNIVERSITY.

In the 1819 Supreme Court case, Dartmouth College v. Woodward, Daniel Webster, a Dartmouth alumnus and former U.S. representative from New Hampshire, argued for the college against a New Hampshire law that placed the private school under state control. In an eloquent and emotional appeal, Webster declared, "It is, Sir, as I have said, a small college. And yet there are those who love it!"

We alumni still love it and will shout "COLLEGE" every time we hear someone say "University" attached to Dartmouth's name. It's a great way to test is someone is a true alum or just a poser.

Enjoy your show--especially Chion who was originally trained by my husband, George.

Thanks for letting me rant.