Few English kings have been as vilified as Richard III, blamed for murdering his nephews and depicted as an evil hunchback.
Some artists even altered existing paintings to ensure the image fitted the contemporary feelings about him.
Somehow it seemed fitting that his broken bones would be found under a car park in Leicester. Nothing could be less regal. Yet the oft-repeated descriptions of Richard, including Shakespeare's characterisation, are not entirely accurate. Perhaps now there will be a fuller appreciation of the man who reigned for only two years, half a millennium ago.