LEICESTER, England - The 500-year-old skeleton of Richard III has been found, scientists say.
The battle-scarred skeleton was found beneath a parking lot in the city of Leicester, England last year.
Researchers from the University of Leicester said Monday that they know “beyond reasonable doubt" that the skeleton is that of Richard III.
"Richard III, the last Plantaganet King of England, has been found," said Richard Taylor, the university's deputy registrar.
William Shakespeare’s play, Richard III, depicts the king as a power-hungry hunchback whose bloody ascent to the throne included the murder of his two nephews in the tower of London.
Many historians say that this villainous image of King Richard III is an unfair reflection of the biases of his Tudor successors. The Richard III Society seeks to reevaluate the reputation of the monarch who became one of Shakespeare's most bloodthirsty villains.
The English monarch died at the Battle of Bosworth Field in 1485. In Shakespeare’s play, Richard famously cries out, “A horse! A horse! my kingdom for a horse!” before his death by the hand of the Earl of Richmond.
The king’s remains have been missing for centuries.
A study of the bones provided "a highly convincing case for identification of Richard III,” said osteologist Jo Appleby on Monday. DNA from the remains match a sample from a living relative of Richard’s sister.