Press Coverage 2013

 
 

27.02.2013


  • BBC News Leicester: Richard III Blue Boar painting bought by university (27.02.2013)
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    26.02.2013


  • ITV: Rare book signed by Richard III goes on display (26.02.2013) – See the original signature of the young Richard III, at that time Duke of Gloucester.
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    25.02.2013


  • Daily Mail: Richard III’s descendants demand York burial: Nine of his descendants oppose plans to bury him at Leicester Cathedral next year, by Daily Mail Reporter (25.02.2013)
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  • ITV: Bid to have Richard III buried in York gains momentum (25.02.2013)
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  • ITV: Richard III’s descendants call for York burial (25.02.2013)
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    24.02.2013


  • Express.co.uk: Descendants of King Richard III ruled the free world, by Ian Read (24.02.2013) – Genealogist Anthony Adolph claims, that thousands of relatives of King Richard III are spread around the world and most are yet unaware of their royal ancestry. Before that background a poll might be necessary to come to a majority decision, rather than a letter of 9 relatives, claiming to speak with the voice of King Richard III and demanding York as last burial place for their ancestor.
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    22.02.2013


  • The next article is rather – how to be a good journalist and good academic, treating a good/bad/worse/brave king:
    The Guardian: King Richard III was a press man’s dream, but the furore drew criticism, by Ather Mirza (22.02.2013) – Was the presentation of the research and results about King Richard III done in the right way? Position of Ather Mirza, director of the University of Leicester News Centre, who has ably performed the difficult task to bring over 150 journalists from all over the world to come to Leicester for King Richard III.
    I commented on the mentioned ciriticism of the UoL on my fan-blog here.
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  • Daily Mail: The signature of a teenage king in waiting: 550-year-old hand-written book is signed by Richard III and contains his personal motto, by Olivia Williams (22.02.2013) – Manuscript with the handwriting of a young future King Richard III on display.
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    21.02.2013


  • A king might be anything, but boring. To this conclusion comes the following article in
    The Guardian: Richard III – review, by Lyn Gardner (21.02.2013) – Might Shakespeare have helped King Richard III?
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    17.02.2013


  • If you ever wondered what King Richard III and climate warming have in common, this is the definite article for you:
    Record-Searchlight (Blog): King Richard and climate change, by Doug Craig (17.02.2013)
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    16.02.2013


  • BBC Newsy: Could Richard III give Macbeth an image overhaul? By Colin Wright (16.02.2013) – Richard Armitage appearing at the beginning of the Macbeth-video overview by the BBC, though he did not play Macbeth, but Peter Macduff in this 2005-production of ShakespeaRe-Told.
    (Source: BBC News - Could Richard III give Macbeth an image overhaul? - 16.02.2013)

    (Source: BBC News – Could Richard III give Macbeth an image overhaul? – 16.02.2013)

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    15.02.2013


  • BBC News Wales: Richard III wounds match medieval Welsh poem description (15.02.2013) – Fiction and truth, once again a topic of historic dimensions.
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  • BBC News Leicester: King Richard III’s life and death told through graphic-novel style art (15.02.2013)
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  • Daily Mail Online: How the British weather led to the Battle of Bosworth: Huge storms thwarted previous attacks on Richard III, researchers claim, by Mark Prigg (15.02.2013) – Is the British weather instead of Henry Tudor to blame for the Battle of Bosworth and the death of King Richard III? Interesting question.
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  • Forbes: King Richard III: Villain, Hero, Or Tragic Victim Of Identity Theft? By Naresh Presaud, Oracle Security (15.02.2013) – Explaining the importance of verifying the identity, of finding out that the bones in the carpark really belonged to King Richard III, to a computer generation.
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    14.02.2013


  • BirminghamMail.co.uk: Bury Richard III in Brum: There are more supporters under Aston church than there are under Leicester Cathedral (14.02.2013) – A new competitor for the burial location.
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    13.02.2013


  • ThisIsLeicestershire.co.uk: Richard III: First image of tomb that could hold king at Leicester Cathedral (POLL), by Peter Warzynski, Leicester Mercury (13.02.2013) – The design for the tomb of King Richard III is was revealed today by the Richard III Society. On the website of ThisIsLeicester you can even vote if you like the design.
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  • BBC News: Richard III tomb design proposed by society (13.02.2013)
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  • The Telegraph: Hunt for Richard III: now Leicester wants to find Cardinal Wolsey, by Hayley Dixon (13.02.2013)
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    12.02.2013


  • ThisIsLeicestershire.co.uk: Richard III: Discovery prompts calls to find remains of Cardinal Thomas Wolsey, by Dan Martin, Leicester Mercury (12.02.2013)
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    11.02.2013


  • EarlyModernEngland.com: How Holinshed’s Chronicles shaped Shakespeare and English history (11.02.2013) – Article and review about a new publication about how historians can shape the world and did influence the later perception of King Richard III.
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  • TheDailyBeast.com (From Newsweek): The Hunt for a King: How Archeologists Found Richard III, by Dan Jones (11.02.2013) – About the essential pre-research to locate the Greyfriars’ church by Leon Hunt in 2011.
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  • The Telegraph: Richard III: are you related to the dead king? (11.02.2013) – Are you curious now, who your ancestors were?
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  • BBC News: Macbeth’s reign should receive a Richard III-style revision, says MSP (11.02.2013) – Not a search for the remains, but for truth in ‘his story’.
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    09.02.2013


  • BBC News: The king and aye: Scots author who tackled Richard III’s reputation, by Jennifer Morag Henderson (09.02.2013) – The ‘discovery’ of King Richard III in the year 1951 through the novel of an author, Josephine Tey and “The Daughter of Time”.
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  • ThisIsLeicestershire.co.uk: Richard III: Princes’ fate looks set to remain a mystery, by Peter Warzynski (09.02.2013) – The research goes on. King Richard III is found, now, did he murder his nephews? And – would the find really prove the fact?
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  • The Medievalists.net: The Princess and the Gene Pool: The Plantagenet rebel who held the secret to Richard III’s DNA, by Sarah Gristwood (09.02.2013) – Very good background article about the family connections and the importance of the female line – being essential in revealing the identity of King Richard III by comparison of the mtDNA with Michael Ibsen’s.
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  • The Independent: England’s missing monarchs: Richard III may have been found but eight other rulers are still missing, by Jemma Crew (09.02.2013) – 8 other kings! So hold on, the search continues.
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    08.02.2013


  • ThisIsLeicestershire.co.uk: Richard III: Exhibition draws in the crowds at Leicester’s Guildhall, by mthompson22 (08.02.2013) – Visit King Richard III and the exhibition in Leicester showing the process of the researches and the digging to find King Richard III.
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  • Los Angeles Times: The many faces of Richard III. Was the English king monstrous or beneficent? A democrat or a tyrant? By Wendy Orent (08.02.2013) – Who was the king really? A well researched article with lots of background information.
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  • Richard III Foundation (Petition): (08.02.2013) – Petition by the Richard III Foundation to examine the human remains of the two boys found in the Tower of London in the 17th century and research if they are related to King Richard III and how they died.
    The expected result is quite ambivalent, as the bones have been examined by scholars at the time and a contamination of DNA material can no longer be excluded, as DNA of the scholars is no longer available for comparison. The only result, which does have any significance on the case is radiocarbon dating, to verify if they at least belong in the time of the two missing nephews of King Richard III and so potentially could be the nephews Edward V and his younger brother Richard.
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    07.02.2013


  • ThisIsLeicestershire.co.uk: Richard III set to be buried in Leicester as university makes final decision, by (07.02.2013) – The Battle of the Cities seems decided.
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  • ITV.com: Odds on, Richard III will stay in Leicester (07.02.2013) – Bets are in favour of Leicester – 3 to 1.
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  • ThisIsLeicester.co.uk: Richard III set to be buried in Leicester as university makes final decision, by Adrian Troughton and Peter Warzynski (07.02.2013)
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  • ThisIsLeicester.co.uk: York Minster cancel campaign to reclaim the bones of Richard III from Leicester, by PA_Wazynski (07.02.2013) – The end of the Battle of the Cities after all.
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  • York Minster: Chapter statement regarding Richard III (07.02.2013) – Finally the official ending of the war.
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  • Archaeology.co.uk: Reconstructing Richard III’s resting place, by Carli Hilts (07.02.2013) – Reconstruction of the choir in the Greyfriars’ church.
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  • ThisIsLeicestershire.co.uk: Richard III: Should his bones go on display in Leicester Cathedral? By Tim_Healy27 (07.02.2013) – I intentionally left this topic unmentioned here for so long, because I found it quite indecent to even discuss this topic of public exposure of King Richard III’s human remains.
    But now, as I have been asked about our position to this article and asked to mention the poll it contains, want to alert you to this topic. Please vote in a way you would like to be treated if someone after over 500 years found your remains; though it might seem more cruel to a late Medieval person than to us today.
    We also do no longer have the religious belief that the bones of saints hold a special healing power or potential to help and therefore must be displayed in churches to grant access to this saintly ‘magic’. So the displaying would only make sense if we would see King Richard III as a saint. We can interpret his actions in many ways, but to see him as a saint would certainly be a premiere.
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    06.02.2013


  • CNN: TV Interview, published on YouTube by komedikanal9 (06.02.2013) – Interview with Philippa Langley about the discoveries in Leicester.
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  • The Week: King Richard III was a man of courage and never a child-killer, by Crispin Black (06.02.2013) – Now that King Richard III is found, his moral is under renewed scrutiny.

    […] a modern jury would dismiss much of the ‘evidence’ against him before the first tea break.

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  • The Sun: I’ll give my kingbrum for a horse yow lot, by Andrew Parker (06.02.2013) – Sound reconstruction or how Dr. Shaw can distinguish the dialect of long dead King Richard III.
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  • University of Leicester: Soundfile of the Dialect reconstruction by Dr. Philip Shaw
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  • Herald Sun: New hunt for Richard Third lookalikes as face put to long-lost King, by Chris Bartlett (06.02.2013) – Our Facebook page is mentioned in the news. Though Christ Bartlett dismisses the likeness between King Richard III and Mr. Armitage. Mr. Bartlett obviously has not seen “The Hobbit” yet, though he mentiones the film.
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  • ThisIsLeicester.co.uk: Hands off Richard III – Leicester’s anger at campaign to bury King’s remains in York, by Laura Elvin (06.02.2013) – The Leicester side of the war.
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    05.02.2013


  • ThisIsLeicester.co.uk: King Richard III’s face revealed at last, by Tom Pegden (05.02.2013)
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  • Philly.com (Philadelphia): Found: Richard III. Not found: Hump, by John Timpane (05.02.2013)

    […] all the world knows Richard, while . . . who the heck knows from Henry of Richmond?

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  • Detroit Free Press: Scientists use Richard III skeleton to reconstruct king’s face (05.02.2013) – Video about the revealing of the facial reconstruction of King Richard III by Philippa Langley.
     
    Facial reconstruction:
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  • ITV: Extended interviews with those behind Richard III (05.02.2013) – With short video statements by Philippa Langley, Michael Ibsen, Dr. Phil Stone (Chairman of the Richard III Society).
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  • ITV: Richard III’s face revealed (05.02.2013) – ITV even created a special topic page for today’s news about King Richard III.
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  • ThisIsLeicester.co.uk: Richard III’s reconstructed face to go on show in Leicester, by (05.02.2013) – King Richard III facial reconstruction comes to Leicester, but be patient. It comes next year, 2014.
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  • Vulpes Libris (Blog): Vulpes Randoms – Richard III’s Day 4th February 2013, by Hilary (05.02.2013) – Vulpes Libris, famous for their early interview with Richard Armitage, present the research results of the University of Leicester on their blog with many interesting observations and links.
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    04.02.2013


  • University of Leicester: YouTube video of the research results revealed at the press conference on Monday, February 4th, 2013, uploaded by the University of Leicester.
    “The Search for King Richard III – The Scientific Outcome”
     

     
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  • University of Leicester: The Search for King Richard III – The Scientific Outcome (04.02.2013) – Part of the Press Conference announcing the results of the Search for King Richard III. So if you did not have a chance to listen directly, here is the sound file to do so now.
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  • Radio Times: Meet Philippa Langley: the woman who discovered Richard III in a car park, E. Jane Dickson (04.02.2013) – The story about how Philippa Langley reached her wonderful research project. Don’t miss this article!
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  • BBC News: Richard III dig: Facial reconstruction shows how king may have looked (04.02.2013) – Very realistic looking facial reconstruction of King Richard III.
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  • History Extra: Leicester car park skeleton ‘is that of Richard III’, by mattelton (04.02.2013) – Confirmation of identity of the human remains in Leicester as King Richard III.
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  • The New York Times: Bones Under Parking Lot Belonged to Richard III, by John F. Burns, Alan Cowell (04.02.2013) – Very good overview over researches and research results.
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  • The Colorado Gambler: The War of the Roses & Resolving Questions Regarding King Richard III, by Anna Lee Ames Frolich (04.02.2013) – An article which came to our notice because of linking to our website. What makes it specially interesting is that it is written by a relative of King Richard III. Though, please let Ms. Frolich explain the connection.
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  • BBC News: Richard III dig: DNA confirms bones are king’s (04.02.2013) – Human remains are finally and without doubt confirmed to be of King Richard III.
    With images of the human remains, showing the curved spine.
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  • BBC News: Richard III dig: Skull image released ahead of DNA results (04.02.2013) – Pre-informations before the revelations of the press conference.
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  • Metro: Experts show off skull of car park relic thought to be Richard III (04.02.2013)
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  • Le Figaro (French): Le squelette de Richard III dévoile ses secrets, by Tristan Vey (04.02.2013) – For King Richard III’s French fans, a very interesting articles with many details and a good graphic of the location of the find.
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  • FrontierLeicester (YouTube): Video Interview with Jo Appleby, by Emma Anne James (from September 2012, published: 04.02.2013) – I had not seen the following interview before and though it represents the status before the confirmed identity of the found skeleton to be of King Richard III, it is still interesting to see the presentation of all the different aspects of research.
     
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    03.02.2013


  • Daily Mail: Is this the skull of Richard III? DNA results to reveal if car park body is king, by Andy Dolan (03.02.2013) – Impatient about the results as we are.
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  • The Guardian: Richard III: unveiling day arrives for skeleton that would be king, by Maev Kennedy (03.02.2013) – Reveals that even Michael Ibsen does not know the results yet.
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  • Metro: Countdown to Richard III dig test results that ‘could rewrite history’ (03.02.2013)
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  • BBC News: Richard III dig: Mysteries remain over notorious king, by Greig Watson (03.02.2013) – Can the research by the University of Leicester beat the image created by Shakespeare?
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  • Daily Mail Online: Human remains found in Leicester car park DO belong to Richard III as scientists prepare to reveal results of DNA testing, by Mario Ledwith (03.02.2013) – Someone who clearly can’t wait till the results are officially announced on Monday. Mr. Ledwith announces decision for Leicester Cathedral as last resting place for King Richard III as being final.
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  • BBC News: Richard III dig: University to release DNA results (03.02.2013)
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  • The Telegraph: Richard III: tests on skeleton could “rewrite history books”, says lead scientist, by Florence Waters (03.02.2013) – Article with quotes from Prof. Lin Foxhall and Philippa Langley.
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  • The Independent: The man who will unmask Richard III, by Emily Dugan (03.02.2013) – About Michael Ibsen, who’s DNA proves vital to the research about the identity of the found human remains.
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  • Fox News: UK scientists set to announce whether parking lot skeleton is 15th-century King Richard III, by Jill Lawless, Associated Press (03.02.2013) – Seeing King Richard III as “a bit more straight-laced” than Henry VIII
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    02.02.2013


  • The Herald Scotland: Hobbit actor lines up role as Richard III, by Kathleen Nutt (02.02.2013) – Philippa Langley reveals that Richard Armitage has agreed to play King Richard III in her now finished screenplay about King Richard III:
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    Ms Langley contacted Armitage, 41, who plays dwarf leader Thorin Oakenshield in Peter Jackson’s blockbuster, and says he agreed to take on the role. Armitage has also starred in a number of television series including Spooks, Robin Hood and the Vicar of Dibley.

     
     

  • Yorkshire Evening Post: Make no bones about it – find could be a king, by Stuart Robinson (02.02.2013) – About researcher in the Leicester project, Bob Woosnam-Savage (Royal Armouries’ curator of European edged weapons), who worked on a possible reconstruction of the battle events leading to King Richard III’s death. News about this reconstruction announced for the press conference on Monday, 4th of February, 2013.
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  • This is Leicestershire: Richard III dig: ‘R’ marks the spot where skeleton found in Leicester car park, by Peter Warzynski (02.02.2013) – King Richard III left a spooky mark in the car park?
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  • International Business Times: ‘King Richard III’ Car Park Skeleton Tests Completed, by Fiona Keating (02.02.2013)
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    01.02.2013


  • CNN: Richard III: The mystery of the king and the car parking lot, by Bryony Jones (01.02.2013)
    A detailed and detail rich article about the search for King Richard III with new quotes from the research team and screenwriter Philippa Langley, who also talks about Richard Armitage as King Richard III:

    She has even been in talks with Leicestershire lad turned Hollywood hero Richard Armitage — last seen as Thorin Oakenshield in “The Hobbit” — to play the king.

    “He was born to play the role,” she explains. “He’s an amazing doppelganger for Richard III, he was born a couple of miles from Bosworth on the anniversary of Richard’s death, and he was even named after him.”

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  • The Independent: Is the body in the car park really Richard III? At last, the answer, by Steve Connor (01.02.2013) – About the research and expected revelations in Monday’s press conference.
    (As the article was temporarily unavailable while entering this news, here is the pdf-file of the article.)
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  • The Telegraph: The hunchback is dead – long live Good King Richard, by Chris Skidmore (01.02.2013) . Chris Skidmore is evaluationg King Richard III in his role as a king and the blackening of his character later on. He concludes, “Richard was a formidable fighter” and will publish a book about King Richard III later this year:
    ‘Bosworth’ by Chris Skidmore (Weidenfeld & Nicholson, published on April 23) is available to pre-order from Telegraph Books at £18 + £1.35 p&p. Call 0844 871 1514 or go to books.telegraph.co.uk
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  • The Telegraph: Carpark skeleton: row over new burial site for Richard III, by Nick Collins (01.02.2013) – The question about the reinterment is not solved yet. The Battle of the Cities still is going on, not to speak about the battle of confessions.
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    February 20, 2019

    Richard III: Leicester Cathedral £11.3m plans approved (by BBC East Midlands, BBC News)


    October 4, 2018

    The battle for Bosworth field: Historians react to decision to build on battlefield where Richard III died (by Rachel Dinning, BBC History Extra)


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    February 24, 2017

    Richard III’s Prayer Book Goes Online … and Is That a Personal Note? (by Stephanie Pappas, Live Science)


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