So much for Shakespeare's medical credibility. After researchers studied the remains of Richard III, which were discovered in central England in 2012, they found the much-maligned 15th century king from the House of York had a severe case of scoliosis, but was far from the limping “poisonous bunchback'd toad” with a withered arm depicted in the bard's play.
In the play, Richard even describes himself as “Deformed, unfinish'd, sent before my time into this breathing world, scarce half made up.”
The remains were found under a parking lot where Greyfriars Friary once stood in Leicester. Richard had been buried in the church hastily after he was killed and his army defeated nearby at the Battle of Bosworth Field in 1485, which ended the Wars of the Roses. The grave's location had been lost after centuries of demolition and rebuilding, but archeologists dug up the site suspecting it could be Richard's final resting place. DNA tests of two direct descendants of Richard's sister confirmed the remains as Richard's.