On Forgiving the Crimes of the Past

We downplay terrible acts from the distant past, in a way that we never would when considering more recent crimes, says Tim Stanley.

The face of Richard III reconstructed from the recently discovered skull of the last Plantagenet ruler of England. Getty/AFPThe discovery of Richard III’s body under a car park in Leicester seems to have rekindled the British public’s love of their own history. The debates about where he should be buried and whether or not he was as bad as Shakespeare said show that popular history doesn’t have to all be Henry VIII or Adolf Hitler. Richard’s deformed skeleton has lifted the amnesia surrounding the Wars of the Roses.

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