We’ve blogged about the discovery of a skeleton with a deformed back found where Richard III was supposed to have been buried. Studies have confirmed that the skeleton is that of Richard III, the Plantagenet king and Shakespearean villain, who was overthrown by Henry Tudor (father of Henry VIII and grandfather of Queen Elizabeth I).
The studies further show a significant problem with a hereditary monarchy: DNA from the skeleton does not match known male ancestors, suggesting that some queen must have committed adultery and borne a son who became king of England without really being the previous king’s son. This would also cast doubt on the legitimacy of his successors. And since the contending families were intermarried and intertwined, this casts doubt on the Yorks, the Lancasters, and the Tudors. (The current royal family, the Windsors, would not be affected.) This raises the question of whether Henry IV, Henry V, Henry VI, Henry VII, Henry VIII, Edward VI, Mary I, and Elizabeth I were rightful monarchs whose laws had authority. [Read more...]