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07-24-2016, 06:57 AM
Now Richard IIIís skull may prove he DIDNíT kill princes: Mystery of the missing teeth could clear king of murder in the Tower

He is commonly believed to have murdered twins Edward and Richard
But a leading historian claims twins may not have genetic link to Richard III
The former king does not share same dental genetic anomaly of the twins
Dr John Ashdown-Hill therefore believes they may not have been related

It is one of the most dramatic and controversial tales in British history Ė how two young princes were murdered by their dastardly uncle so he could claim the throne for himself.

But now a leading historian has uncovered evidence which he claims blows a major hole in the story of the princes in the Tower that has done so much to darken Richard IIIís reputation for generations.

Dr John Ashdown-Hill, who received an MBE for his work in helping to locate Richardís body beneath a Leicester car park in 2012, claims tests done on remains believed to be the princes Ė known as the Ďbones in the urní Ė show they are unlikely to have any genetic link to the Plantagenet king.

In a new edition of his book, Eleanor, The Secret Queen: The Woman Who Put Richard III On The Throne, he says an existing dental study of the bones, discovered at the Tower of London in 1674, show evidence of hypodontia, or congenitally missing teeth.

In contrast, an X-ray of Richardís skull has revealed he does not share this genetic anomaly Ė meaning they are unlikely to have been related.

Dr Ashdown-Hill, honorary senior history lecturer at Essex University, said: ĎItís my belief the bones exhumed from the Tower of London, long believed to be Richard IIIís nephews, Edward and Richard, are more likely to be Anglo Saxon remains.

ĎIt strongly suggests the bones have no blood relationship to King Richard. And if that is the case, it would put paid to the centuries-old belief that Richard killed his nephews. It is exciting that finding Richard could be instrumental in helping solve another of the most intriguing historical mysteries.í
Dr Ashdown-Hill is now calling for the bones to be disinterred from Westminster Abbey and undergo DNA tests to reveal definitively whether they are the remains of the young brothers.

Richard, the last of the Plantagenet monarchs, died at the Battle of Bosworth Field in August 1485 after being defeated by Henry Tudor in the final War of the Roses.

His naked body was paraded through the streets of Leicester before being buried in a crude grave at Greyfriars Ė now the site of the council car park.

Richard, though an important historical figure, is remembered chiefly for the accusations that he murdered Edward, 12, and Richard, nine. The boys were the sons of Edward IV, with the young Edward expected to become the next king.

However, Richard Ė then Duke of Gloucester Ė had them ensconced in the Tower, claiming it was in preparation for the coronation.

Instead, he claimed the throne for himself, and the boys were never seen again.
Throughout the centuries, historians have believed he murdered them to secure his own tenuous grasp on the throne.

The Church of England has repeatedly refused to allow forensic tests on the Ďbones in the urní for fear that it might lead to multiple Royal disinterments.

But Dr Ashdown-Hill said: ĎI know the Queen is very reluctant to have any Royal remains disinterred and I understand her feelings. But I believe we should make an exception and solve this conundrum.í

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