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The King's Grave

The Discovery of Richard III's Lost Burial Place and the Clues It Holds

Langley, Philippa

(Book - 2013)
Average Rating: 3.5 stars out of 5.
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The mystery of who Richard III really was has fascinated historians for centuries. In 2013, the remains of a man with a curving spine, who possible was killed in battle, were discovered underneath the paving of a parking lot in Leicester, England. Langley led the team of who uncovered the remains, certain that she had found the bones of the monarch. DNA verification later confirmed that the skeleton was, indeed, that of King Richard III. Langley and Jones provides a portrait of the last Plantagenet monarch-- and the story of the archaeological dig that finally brought him into the light of day. The head of The Richard III Society recounts the search that led to the unearthing of the last Plantagenet monarch's remains--a discovery that sheds light on what happened to the king following the Battle of Bosworth Field. This is the first full-length book about the discovery of Richard III's remains by the person who led the archeology team and the historian whose book spurred her on. The mystery of who Richard III really was has fascinated historians, readers and audiences familiar with Shakespeare's dastardly portrait of a hunchback monster of royalty for centuries. Earlier this year, the remains of a man with a curving spine, who possibly was killed in battle, were discovered underneath the paving of a parking lot in Leicester, England. Phillipa Langley, head of The Richard III Society, spurred on by the work of the historian Michael Jones, led the team who uncovered the remains, certain that she had found the bones of the monarch. When DNA verification later confirmed that the skeleton was, indeed, that of King Richard III, the discovery ranks among the great stories of passionate intuition and perseverance against the odds. The news of the discovery of Richard's remains has been widely reported by the British as well as worldwide and was front page news for both the New York Times and The Washington Post. Many believe that now, with King Richard III's skeleton in hand, historians will finally begin to understand what happened to him following the Battle of Bosworth Field (twenty miles or so from Leicester) and, ultimately, to know whether he was the hateful, unscrupulous monarch of Shakespeare's drama or a much more benevolent king interested in the common man. Written in alternating chapters, with Richard's 15th century life told by historian Michael Jones (author of the critically acclaimed Bosworth - 1485) contrasting with the 21st century eyewitness account of the search and discovery of the body by Philippa Langley, The King's Grave is both an extraordinary portrait of the last Plantagenet monarch and the inspiring story of the archaeological dig that finally brings the real King Richard III into the light of day. - Publisher.
Publisher: New York :, St. Martin's Press,, 2013.
Edition: First U.S. Edition.
ISBN: 1250044103
9781466842700
9781250044105
Characteristics: xxvii, 288 pages :,color illustrations, maps ;,25 cm
Additional Contributors: Jones, Michael K.

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Mar 09, 2014
  • readmorebooks rated this: 2 stars out of 5.

This book is more about the author than about history. She is only a screenwriter and a secretary and has no schooling yet she ran the dig to find the grave of Richard III. She used a backhoe to dig for the grave (the leg bone was smashed) and a mattock to find the skull (the mattock was driven straight into the skull and the skull was cracked) So much damage! She only liked evidence that fit what she wanted and walked away from anything else. The last battle at Bosworth was very interesting, also Richard's life as she saw it. Will have to read more about the King to form a better idea about Richard. Did he or didn't he kill the two children in the tower?

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