Today scientists confirmed that the skeleton found underneath a parking lot in Leicester, England was that of King Richard III, who died on the battlefield in 1485. There has always been a mystery surrounding his death and the location of his remains until now. (You can read more details on the story at USAtoday.com). Upon reading I was struck by two thoughts. The first being,
Fiction based on fact is still fiction.
Richard III has in modern times carried a reputation of the murderous tyrant, although there is little evidence to support that proposition. Most of those assumptions are based on the writings of Shakespeare. He depicted the King with a withered arm and propensity for power. Modern historians have tried to piece together a more accurate description of the young king’s character and interestingly enough today’s DNA analysis confirmed he did not have a withered arm.
Today’s discovery doesn’t exactly restore Richard’s reputation to good standing, but it does reveal that even 500+ years ago people could mistake fiction in entertainment as fact. It’s relative to the films of today (Lincoln, Zero Dark Thirty) that are prefaced with a line such as, “based on a true story.” (See last year’s post – Based on a True Story).
The second thought was based simply on the fact that we just found a king buried under a city parking lot. Power and possessions are temporal. God’s love is eternal.
Live for what matters.