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(CNN) — Richard III was the last English king to lose his life on the battlefield. Scientists who have been testing his remains — found under a parking lot in the English city of Leicester — now believe they know how he died.

The 15th-century king was best known to modern Britons as the hunchbacked Shakespearean villain accused of murdering his nephews, the “Princes in the Tower,” to usurp the throne.

His life has always been a controversial chapter in English lore. Although he ruled for only two years (1483-85) and died at the age of 32, there has been an ongoing debate over Richard III’s portrayal in both English history and English literature.

According to historians, the king’s defeat and death at Bosworth Field ended the Wars of the Roses and marked the end of the Middle Ages in England. Though he was a royal, his body was given…

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