A member of the clergy walks past a picture of King Richard III at Leicester Cathedral, central England, February 4, 2013. A skeleton with a cleaved skull and a curved spine entombed under a car park is that of Richard III, scientific tests confirmed, solving a 500-year-old mystery about the final resting place of the last English king to die in battle. Darren Staples/Reuters
Archaeologist Mathew Morris stands in the trench where he found skeleton remains during an archaeological dig to find the remains of King Richard III in Leicester, September 12, 2012. Darren Staples/Reuters
A general view of a memorial stone to King Richard III, inside Leicester Cathedral, Feb. 4, 2013. Leicester University declared that the remains found underneath a car park were 'beyond reasonable doubt' to be the long lost remains of England's King Richard III, missing for 500 years. Rui Vieira/PA/AP
The skeleton of Richard III was discovered at the Grey Friars excavation site in Leicester on February 4, 2013. University of Leicester/Reuters
A painting of King Richard III by an unknown artist from the 16th Century is seen at the National Portrait Gallery in London, August 24, 2012. Neil Hall/Reuters
Michael Ibsen, a descendant of England's King Richard III, from whom DNA samples were taken, listens during a press conference on Feb. 4, 2013 at the University of Leicester Council Chamber building, regarding the exhumation of the remains found during a dig at a Leicester car park. Rui Vieira/PA/AP
Laurence Olivier is shown in a scene from Shakespeare's 'Richard III,' as he utters the famous lines, 'A horse! A horse! My kingdom for a horse!' with the Old Vic Theatre Company in London's New Theatre, 1944. Richard was immortalized in Shakespeare's as a hunchbacked usurper who left a trail of bodies — including those of his two young nephews, murdered in the Tower of London — on his way to the throne. AP
He was immortalized as one of Shakespeare's greatest villains, and his death brought the Wars of the Roses to a close and ushered in a new royal dynasty. But despite his lasting fame and place in history, King Richard III's final resting place had been long debated by historians.