Rediscovering Richard III

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In September 2012, archaeologists unearthed remains from a Leicester car park, covering what was once the city’s medieval Franciscan friary. After five months of waiting and exhaustive scientific tests, those bones were revealed to be those of Richard III, the infamous last Plantagenet king of England and the last English King to die in battle. More

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Review by: Hannah Nicks on May 16, 2013 :
I enjoyed reading this. I love history and appreciate the thought that was put into the vivid description of Richard's death and the disgrace of his burial. I also enjoyed the description of the process of soil analysis, carbon dating remains and was fascinated by the process of DNA comparisons. It was a great source of information about the recent discovery, and though detailed, was short enough to be a pleasant read.
(reviewed 3 days after purchase)

Review by: Alexandria Ingham on March 28, 2013 :
Excellent account of rediscovering Richard III. I'm a big fan of this time period and of Richard III (coming from Yorkshire) and remembered the documentary. I was a little worried that everything on the documentary would be in this book but it certainly wasn't! I loved reading the exclusive interviews and the personal accounts, which made it much easier to follow and understand.

The introduction explaining Richard III's rise to the throne and his death was a great way of starting but didn't go into too much detail - it leaves plenty of opportunity to research more (maybe another book for the future, Natasha?). It's just enough for the context of why finding Richard III was so important and why he would be under a car park in Leicester!

Excellent read and one that I'm happy to recommend to others looking for a clear breakdown of this discovery. Thank you!
(reviewed 7 days after purchase)

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