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The King's Grave The Search for Richard III by Michael Jones, Philippa Langley
  

The King's Grave The Search for Richard III

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October 2013 Non-Fiction Book of the Month.

From the woman who was convinced that Richard III lay under that Leicester car park. Together with historian Michael Jones she shares the inside story of the search and reclamation of Richard’s body together with the history and background to Richard and his times. She hopes to present a complete re-evaluation of this controversial monarch, refuting the Tudor propaganda that sought to blacken his name.

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The King's Grave The Search for Richard III by Michael Jones, Philippa Langley

The official inside story of the life, death and remarkable discovery of history's most controversial monarch. On 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), went on to found one of our most famous ruling dynasties. Richard's body was displayed in undignified fashion for two days in nearby Leicester and then hurriedly buried in the church of the Greyfriars. Fifty years later, at the time of the dissolution of the monasteries, the king's grave was lost - its contents believed to be emptied into the river Soar - and Richard III's reputation buried under a mound of Tudor propaganda. Its culmination was Shakespeare's compelling portrayal of a deformed and murderous villain, written over a hundred years after Richard's death. Now - in an incredible find - Richard III's remains have been uncovered beneath a car park in Leicester. The King's Grave traces this remarkable journey. In alternate chapters, Philippa Langley, whose years of research and belief that she would find Richard in this exact spot inspired the project, reveals the inside story of the search for the king's grave, and historian Michael Jones tells of Richard's fifteenth-century life and death. The result is a compelling portrayal of one of our greatest archaeological discoveries, allowing a complete re-evaluation of our most controversial monarch - one that discards the distortions of later Tudor histories and puts the man firmly back into the context of his times.

Reviews

'It is being called once of the most significant finds in archaeological history, shedding light on a king's last resting place and solving a 500-year old mystery over his death'
Daily Telegraph

'Archaeologists described the find as one of the most significant 'in recent times'
and said history books will be rewritten' Daily Mirror

About the Author

Michael Jones was awarded a history PhD by Bristol University and subsequently taught at Glasgow University and Winchester College. He is a fellow of the Royal Historical Society and member of the British Commission for Military History, and works now as a writer, media consultant and presenter. Among his historical titles he has written books on the battles of Bosworth, Agincourt, Stalingrad and Leningrad. He was TV consultant for Channel 4's Richard III: Fact or Fiction and National Geographic's Mystery Files: The Princes in the Tower, and co-author, with Philippa Gregory and David Baldwin, of The Women of the Cousins' War.

Philippa Langley inaugurated the quest for King Richard III's lost grave as part of her ongoing research into history's most controversial monarch. Her project marked the first-ever search for the grave of an anointed King of England, and was made into the acclaimed TV documentary The King in the Car Park for Channel 4. She is the secretary of the Scottish Branch of the Richard III Society.

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Publication date

3rd October 2013

Author

Michael Jones, Philippa Langley

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Publisher

John Murray Publishers Ltd an imprint of John Murray General Publishing Division

Format

Hardback

Categories

Biography / Autobiography
Books of the Month
History


ISBN

9781848548909

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