Richard III

Richard III

How Richard III may have looked in full body armour

How Richard III may have looked in full body armour

This evening,  am focusing on the site where may have been buried King Richard III following the Battle of Bosworth in 1485. The battle took place between the forces of Henry Tudor (Lancastrians) and King Richard III (Yorkists). At the battle, the Tudor prevailed and King Richard (age 32 yrs)  was killed, the last such English king to fall in battle.

At conclusion of the battle, Richard’s body was brought to Leicester on horseback and buried in the church of Greyfriars friary in the centre of the town. The friary was subsequently destroyed during the Dissolution of the Monastaries in 1538 and site subsequently used for housing which was later cleared and is now used as a car park.

Greyfriars Excavation Site, Leicester

Greyfriars Excavation Site, Leicester

Greyfriars Excavtion Site, Leicester

Greyfriars Excavtion Site, Leicester

Finds at the Greyfriars Excavation Site

Finds at the Greyfriars Excavation Site

An archaeological dig sponsored by the combined forces of University of Leicester, Leicester City Council and the Richard III Society may have found the skeleton of the slain king at the former Greyfriars site. The skeleton displays battlefield type injuries:

  • Skull struck by a bladed weapon.
  • Corroded arrowhead between vertebrae.

Additionally, the skeleton has a deformity to the spine which is consistent with contemporary reports of Richard’s physical appearance.

Results of DNA testing ( due December 2012) should conclusively determine if the skeleton is that of Richard III.

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