The Bones of a King : Richard III Rediscovered, Hardback
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The dramatic story of Richard III, England's last medieval king, captured the world's attention when an archaeological team led by the University of Leicester identified his remains in February 2013.

The Bones of a King presents the official behind-the-scenes story of the Grey Friars dig from the team of specialists who discovered and identified his remains * The most extensive and authoritative book written for non-specialists by the expert team who discovered and analysed the remains of Richard III * Features more than 40 illustrations, maps and photographs * Builds an expansive view of Richard's life, death and burial, as well as accounts of the treatment of his body prior to burial, and his legacy in the public imagination from the time of his death to the present * Explains the scientific evidence behind his identification, including DNA retrieval and sequencing, soil samples, his wounds and his scoliosis, and what they reveal about his life, his health and even the food he ate * A behind-the-scenes look at one of the most exciting historical discoveries of our time


  • Format: Hardback
  • Pages: 232 pages, illustrations
  • Publisher: John Wiley & Sons Inc
  • Publication Date:
  • Category: British & Irish history
  • ISBN: 9781118783146



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A very interesting set of essays relating to the discovery and disinterment of the body of Richard III, (b. 1452 r. 1483 - 85), the subject of Shakespeare's play, and the last Yorkist Plantagenet. As there was a civil war which proceeded off and on for 33 years between contending noble groups, a lot of controversy has arisen over the years, and while the actual body has been a treasury of useful information for archaeologists, a the big question of whether or not Richard killed his own nephews to further his own political agenda continues to this day. A body can only tell so much.But the body has a lot to say about how information can be revealed by actual remains that can be tied to a well recorded individual. Several forensic archaeological methods can now be accurately assessed as to their value. The book also has an informative essay about how this particular grave site, not deliberately concealed, came to be lost to the knowledge of the community, only to be revealed by an unlikely set of circumstances. This is a useful anthology, and most medieval histrians will find at least parts of it very worthwhile.

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