Friday, 8 February 2013

Heroine Phillipa Langley Finds Bones of England's King Richard III

Phillipa Langley of the Richard III Society
The Strange Lady from Edinburgh 

One might suppose that the King Richard III Society was or is a quirky little organisation made up of slightly eccentric people. I would thinks so, yet there is something strange and compelling to all us ordinary muggle-like people who smile indulgently at such groups. 

These idiosyncratic and wonderful people flick a switch of interest now and then, and many of us have heard of this conspiracy theory group who want to restore England's King Richard III name to a level of high standing.

After forensic people from Dundee crafted knew features Phillipa  Langley  could  see how King Richard III appeared.


The first trench stumbled upon Richard III's remains
I was thrilled by this strange lady from Edinburgh who had been working relentlessly to find his body, so that we might learn more of this king's death. For many years she wrote letters and went before committees to try and get permission to dig up a car park in Leicester. These people of various boards, that had this strange and nerdy type lady coming before them, must have thought she was a total fruit cake. Yet some how - our strange heroine, named Phillipa Langley, would not give up the battle - and all respect to the lady - what an absolute champion. 

How very right she was among the none-believers and all us muggle-like and indifferent people. Phillipa Langley found treasure, and I watched the documentary spellbound as this lady, who seemed to be very over emotional, found and had the bones of one of our most infamous kings dug up.

Phillipa Langley next to relative of Richard III - the man's DNA was positive.
Next followed many trials and tribulations concerning tests. This involved carbon dating and testing DNA against known living relatives of today. Special forensic examiners based in Dundee,  came down south and crafted a replica of King Richard III's skull and then were able to add face muscle and eyes to display what the dead king looked like.

King Richard III Skull

Sometimes during all this, Phillipa Langley appeared to go a little over the top with her mixed emotions, asking some of the scientific crew to carry the boxed bones to a van draped in the royal standard of the time. Of course the scientific crew were stalwart test people and politely declined such an invitation. However, other enthusiasts to the project complied. All these things were going on before tests proved conclusive, so scientists did not want to jump the gun. However, I would suppose Phillipa Langley had been working for many years to achieve all of this and by these moments; everything was unfolding before her dazzled eyes.

I have since heard whispers that a group of searchers are going after King Alfred the Greats bones. By the way, King Richard III will be given a proper burial on Leicester Cathedral - all royal honour restored. I still think he killed the princes in the tower though.





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