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UK scientists set to announce whether parking lot skeleton is 15th-century King Richard III

LONDON (AP) - Has Britain's lost king been found?

Monday, scientists will announce the results of tests conducted to determine whether a battle-scarred skeleton found under a parking lot in central England belongs to King Richard III, the last English monarch to die in combat.

The University of Leicester is leading the search but isn't offering any hints about the finding.

Richard was immortalized in a play by William Shakespeare as a hunchbacked usurper who left a trail of bodies - including those of his two young nephews, murdered in the Tower of London - on his way to the throne.

Still, he had his fans. The Richard III Society was established up to re-evaluate the reputation of a reviled monarch. The society's Lynda Pidgeon says if the remains are confirmed to be those of the king, it will spark interest and she hopes "people will have a more open mind" toward Richard III.

Richard III ruled England between 1483 and 1485, during a long tussle over the throne known as the Wars of the Roses. He was defeated and killed at the Battle of Bosworth Field by the army of Henry Tudor, who took the throne as King Henry VII.


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