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Digging for Richard III : how archaeology found the king

Pitts, Michael W2014
The events of Richard IIIs reign and his death in 1485 at the Battle of Bosworth are known worldwide through Shakespeares most performed, filmed and translated history play. This book tells the story of how his grave was found, the people behind the discovery and what it tells us.
Farnborough : Thames & Hudson Ltd., 2014.London Thames & Hudson, 2014.
207 pages : illustrations (some color), portraits ; 24 cm.
With 41 illustrations.Includes bibliographical references (pages 194-203) and index.
Machine generated contents note: Act I ENGLAND, 1452-85 -- In which events of the Wars of the Roses are summarized, and we begin to ask why Richard III inspires such strong interest -- Act II LOOKING FOR RICHARD III -- Scene 1 Leicester. A bridge -- In which we visit Leicester, discover how a city remembers Richard III, meet Richard Buckley and Philippa Langley, and learn of the origins of Philippa's quest to find a king's remains -- Scene 2 The same. A friary -- In which Philippa Langley approaches University of Leicester archaeologists, who research the history of the Greyfriars site and confirm that Richard III's grave may still be there -- Scene 3 The same. A university -- In which Richard Buckley plans an excavation in Leicester, Philippa Langley solves a late funding crisis and Mathew Morris prepares to direct a dig -- Act III EXCAVATION IN 2012 -- Scene 1 Greyfriars. A car park --Contents note continued: In which an excavation is launched in a car park, and archaeologists find a friary, a church and a human skeleton -- Scene 2 The same. A grave -- In which a skeleton is excavated -- Act IV AN AUTOPSY -- In which various scientific studies are conducted on a skeleton to establish age, gender, height and build of the individual, details of diet, health and pathology, and approximate date of death -- Act V AN INQUEST -- In which scientific, historical and artistic research together establish the cause of death and the identity of a person represented by a skeleton -- Epilogue A battlefield, and a burial -- In which we consider why finding a king's remains matters, assess what happened after the revelation, and describe how the site was found where the Battle of Bosworth was fought.
9780500252000 (hbk)
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