Researchers at the University of Leicester believe Richard III may have had a West Midlands accent.
The language, spelling and grammar patterns from two letters written by Richard III indicate he spoke in dialect consistent with the West Midlands region, according to experts. Dr Shaw explains:
"Like today, there were various dialects around the country. Unlike today, individuals were more likely to spell words in ways that reflected their local dialect."
"The language used [...] largely reflects the relatively standard, London-derived spelling system also used by Richard’s secretaries. However, there is also at least one spelling he employs that may suggest a West Midlands accent."
Scientists confirmed today that ancient remains found in a Leicester car park belong to Richard III, the country's last Plantagenet king.
Scientists at the University of Leicester will today announce if remains found in Leicester were those of King Richard III.