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No DNA Test for 'Princes in the Tower'

By February 22, 2013

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The Richard III news, which has been everywhere including this blog, often mentioned one of the reasons why Richard is not remembered fondly by many people: he had two of his nephews imprisoned so they could not form a locus for opposition or, in the case of Edward V, take their place on the throne, and they were never seen again. It's not too hard to go from this to murder, or death by maltreatment, and as Richard has been identified some have asked for the bones which are supposedly the boys - currently buried in Westminster Abbey - to be examined and tested for age and DNA. But the people in charge of Westminster Abbey have refused permission -as they have across the last decades - because they fear it will start a rush to exhume and DNA test everyone even remotely famous, with bones having to be moved all over the place as they're found to be mistakes or surprises. The BBC has a report with some quotes if you need them.

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