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The Lost King Ending Explained: Was Philippa Able To Find King Richard III’s Grave?

The Lost King Ending Explained: Understanding each other and our troubles and tribulations might be the most needed quality the world has ever needed and probably will be for upcoming times and that’s what we, actually come short of as well. We see things and people in a certain way because of our perspective and judge how we see it.

It has been happening since the age of man came and this has been highlighted in the movies quite often as well. Misunderstanding someone to an extent that you declare him as evil and the books and the written accounts remember him or her like that. The newly released film “The Lost King” tells you a not-so-fictional story about King Richard III and a woman whose determination made it possible to change history for the better.

The film starts with introducing Philippa played by Sally Hawkins who’s a smart, knowledgeable, and talented person who doesn’t have an official degree in research but has the determination for it. But she’s perceived indifferently by people around her because she suffers from Chronic Fatigue Syndrome which requires her to take pills because of that, she looks fatigued all the time perceived by others that she doesn’t have any interest in the work, and gets doubted for her passion.

She also gets fired from her job for that reason as well. Philippa feels indifferent to the world and has two sons whom she co-parents with her ex-husband John (played by Steve Coogan).

The real stuff starts happening when Philippa sees a King Richard III stage play written by Shakespeare and from what she understood from the play, King Richard III was a usurper and a murderer who was physically disabled. During the break, she is met by a couple who introduce themselves as very knowledgeable in King Richards III’s history and they tell that Shakespeare wrote the play nearly 100 years after King Richard III died so what he wrote wasn’t based on facts but the sensationalized version of it at that time.

This sparks a light in Philippa because what if King Richard III wasn’t as cruel of a leader that history portrays him to be so she starts doing her research.

At one point she’s immersed herself so much in it that she begins to see King Richard III everywhere she goes. The film then moves on to her finding facts about King Richard III, none of them prove that he was a usurper or executed any of his families and that takes her to find King Richard III’s grave which no one has any written accounts of, and have different stories about it.

Eventually, she’s able to find the grave but she’s not sure about it. After her research, she finds out that the body has been buried under Friar Lane with an open space marked ‘R’. After getting approval for the digging, a skeleton with a spinal cord was found and from the structure of the spinal cord along with the DNA test, it was proven that it was King Richard III’s body.

Philippa then started a campaign to clear the name of King Richard III of any wrongdoings after realizing that the University is only interested in the grave’s finding and is able to clear King Richard III’s name.

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In the end, we see Philippa thanking the actor who played King Richard III in the stage play that started all this since she didn’t know how King Richard III look so she assumed the stage actor as King Richard III.


 

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