The King’s Grave : The Search for Richard III
by Philippa Langley, Michael Jones
Editor: Hodder & Stoughton General Division
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Now, with a new chapterThe official inside the history of life, death and the remarkable discovery of the most controversial history of the monarchOn 22 August 1485 Richard III was killed at Bosworth Field, the last king of England to die in battle.His victorious opponent, Henry Tudor (the future Henry VII), found one of our most famous dynastiesRichard’s body was displayed in indecent fashion for two days in the vicinity of Leicester and then hastily buried in the church of GreyfriarsFifty years later, at the time of the dissolution of the monasteries, the king fell was lost – his contents supposed to be poured into the river Soar and Richard III’s reputation buried under a mound of Tudor’s propagandaHis culmination was Shakespeare’s convincing representation of deformations and murderous villain, written more than a hundred years after Richard’s deathNow – in an incredible find – Richard III, the remains were discovered under a parking lot in LeicesterThe King falls from the traces of this remarkable journeyIn other chapters, Philippa Langley, whose years of research and belief that she would Richard in this particular place inspired the project, reveals the background of the history of research for the king of the grave, and historian Michael Jones tells Richard of the fifteenth century, life and deathThe result is a fascinating portrait of one of our greatest archaeological discoveries, allowing a complete reassessment of our most controversial monarch who ignores the distortions of the later Tudor stories and puts man firmly in the context of his time
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