The instance of female infidelity, or cuckolding, could have occurred anywhere in the numerous generations separating Richard III from the 5th Duke of Beaufort (1744-1803), whose living descendants provided samples of male-line DNA to be compared against that of Richard.A bored or lonely wife is the most logical explanation, but I like to think of a Sommersby-like reason for it. Obviously this would be very unlikely, nobility are too well-known for this kind of switch, but I like the idea of a mean, abusive man going off to war and a kind, loving one coming home. It's a more interesting story than intentional infidelity.
Tuesday, April 12, 2016
Richard III and a Wandering Wife
This is an old story - either almost a year and a half, or several hundred years - about evidence of infidelity in Richard III's family.