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Earlier today, experts from the University of Leicester confirmed that the skeleton found in a Leicester car park is indeed the remains of King Richard III. Though not quite the infamous villain Shakespeare portrayed him as, unusual curvature in the spine indicates that Richard had scoliosis.  However, there is not much further evidence to support the notion that he was as “deformed” as Shakespeare had written him to be. The skeleton also bears evidence for various injuries including wounds in the skull. Killed in battle in 1485, Richard will be reinterred in Leicester Cathedral. The discovery may pave the way to a reassessment of Richard’s image from the vice-figure villain that Shakespeare had created as pro-Tudor propaganda.