King Richard III




Richard III was King of England from 1483 until he died during a battle in 1485. Nobody can be really sure what he was like as a King, but in the play that Shakespeare wrote about him, Richard III had a very bad reputation for being cruel.

After his death he was buried in the ground but for hundreds of years nobody was quite sure exactly where.   Then, in 2012 some work was done on a car park in the English city of Leicester. Using some special radar equipment a skeleton was found and after many scientific tests it was agreed that the body of King Richard III had been found.

The remains of his body have been stored at the University of Leicester since they were found in 2012. The problem now is to decide whether they should be kept, or buried again.


a battle               a military fight

cruel                   violent and aggressive              noun:  cruelty

to bury                to put something into the ground   past simple:  buried

a skeleton            the bones of a person or animal