The bones of Richard III were thought to be lost forever, buried unceremoniously on the battlefield. But in 2012, a skeleton was found in a parking lot, and history had to be rewritten.
I have written several times about last year's discovery of the bones of Richard III. See http://goo.gl/p6ciqT for my earlier articles.
Now an excellent video from the Smithsonian Channel ties all the stories together in one fascinating video. Best of all, the video is available online. You can watch this fascinating historical documentary on your Windows or Macintosh computer as well as on iPad or Android tablets and even on a standard television set by using any number of streaming video players, such as Apple TV, Roku, Google Chromecast, PlayStation, Xbox, and a number of streaming Blu-Ray players. Best of all, the video is available free of charge. When I watched it earlier today, the video did not contain any commercials.
Quoting the Smithsonian Channel's description of the program:
It took more than 500 years to find the remains of King Richard III, and for those who discovered him, the months spent proving his identity felt just as long. The Smithsonian Channel's The King's Skeleton: Richard III Revealed is the inside story of the 2012 unearthing of Britain's much-maligned monarch. Follow the remarkable story from the history-making excavation of a city parking lot, to the battery of tests that followed. From skeletal analysis, to CT scans, to DNA profiling, join scientists as they unlock the skeleton's secrets and confirm the true identity. The clues they discover may reveal what really happened in the King's final, grisly moments.
I think you will find this to be a fascinating story that combines history, archaeology, DNA, and genealogy (they had to find a living descendant of Richard III's sister in order to match DNA taken from the skeleton to a living person who has the same matrilineal DNA).
I watched the one hour, nine minute video first on an Apple TV video streaming device that connects any modern television to a standard broadband Internet connection. The video was displayed in 1080p, high-definition video and looked great on my 57-inch television screen. I then tried again on an Apple iPad Mini and watched the first few minutes on the much, much smaller video screen. Both looked great. In fact, the video on the 57-inch television looked as clear and crisp as any video from other channels that broadcast in high definition.
In theory, the same video should also display well on Windows, Macintosh, or Android. computers. It also should work on all the normal streaming video players, including Roku, Google Chromecast, PlayStation, Xbox, and a number of streaming Blu-Ray players, if the manufacturers of those video players have a contractual agreement with the Smithsonian Channel.
I don't have all those video players to test with so I cannot provide a list of those that do have contracts with the Smithsonian Channel versus those that do not. All I can report is that it worked on the two streaming Internet video devices that I tried. If you have a different brand of streaming video player, look at that device's menus to see if the Smithsonian Channel is listed.
If you are unsuccessful, or if you do not own a streaming video device that can display Internet videos, open a web browser on your Windows or Macintosh computer and go to http://www.smithsonianchannel.com/sc/web/show/3381029/the-kings-skeleton-richard-iii-revealed. The King's Skeleton: Richard III Revealed video should display well in any modern web browser.
I suspect this video is only available to viewers within the U.S. because of licensing restrictions in the contracts with the Smithsonian Channel. I don't have any way to test that however. If you are outside the U.S. and are able to view this online video, please post a comment below.
UPDATE: Some newsletter readers have reported that the video is available worldwide at http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9SgdmR_cNP0.