Re "Bones under parking lot ID'd as Richard III," (Page A1, Feb 5):
Kudos to the Bee for printing the absorbing article by John F. Burns about rediscovering King Richard III's remains. Anything that brings us closer to the actual truth about Richard is welcome, especially in overcoming the powerful Shakespeare propaganda.
It would be ironic if two reputations are rescued in boosting Richard. If "Shakespeare" turns out to be the 17th Earl of Oxford, here is a writer with a real grudge against the king: Richard had used legal, and probably extra-legal, methods to seize some of the lands of Elizabeth, the then Countess of Oxford. With his pride in family honor, the playwright Earl would not have forgotten such long-ago grievances: he spent much of his own time trying to recover ancestral lands.
-- Tom Goff, Carmichael