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The Bones of a King: Richard III Rediscovered

The Bones of a King: Richard III Rediscovered

The Grey Friars Research Team, Maev Kennedy (With), Lin Foxhall (With)

ISBN: 978-1-118-78323-8 February 2015 Wiley-Blackwell 232 Pages




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

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Illustrations vi

The Greyfriars Research Team ix

Acknowledgements xii

1 Investigating the Bones of a King 1

2 So How Did He Get There? (rb, mm) 5

3 The Bigger Picture 35

4 The Bones Tell Their Tale 57

5 Who was Richard? 78

6 The Cousins in the Swabs (tk, ks) 109

7 What Did Richard Look Like? 127

8 The Big Announcement 139

9 The Afterlife of Richard III and the City That Never Forgot 158

10 Richard Laid to Rest 174

Appendix 1 191

Appendix 2 209

Index 211

“an informed, readable account, with much useful detail, that gives the historical and archaeological background to the medieval city and the king, and describes the excavations, the forensic sciences and genealogy, and the events leading up to the reburial.”  (British Archaeology, 1 May 2015)