The Search for King Richard III

 

King Richard III
The University of Leicester and Leicester City Council, in association with the Richard III Society, begin a historic search for the mortal remains of King Richard III on 25th of August 2012.
 
This day has a special significance, as it is the anniversary of the day when King Richard III was buried more than 500 years ago, after he died in the Battle of Bosworth (22nd of August 1485).
 
The project, after massive new research results were discovered in the last years, represents the first ever search for the lost grave of an anointed King of England. It is intended to show, if the last Plantagenet King Richard III lies buried in Leicster City Centre.
 
The difficulties of this endeavour were not only, to discover the likely location of the burrial place in the church, the church of the Franciscan Friary, called ‘Greyfriars’, but to also find the exact location of the church itself. Previous diggings revealed, that the location could not have been, where it previously had been anticipated and so the research and pre-tests began, to locate the church, which was dissolved and destroyed under the reign of King Henry VIII’s.
 
Richard Buckley, Co-Director of the Archaeology Service at the University of Leicester, said:

“The big question for us is determining the whereabouts of the church on the site and also where in the church the body was buried. Although in many ways finding the remains of the king is a long-shot, it is a challenge we shall undertake enthusiastically. There is certainly potential for the discovery of burials within the area, based on previous discoveries and the postulated position of the church.”

 
Richard Taylor; Director of Corporate Affairs at the University of Leicester, added:

“If remains are found that are suspected to be those of Richard III, they will be subject to DNA analysis at the University of Leicester where DNA ‘fingerprinting’ was originally discovered.
 
As one of Europe’s oldest cities, the story of Leicester is a long and complex one, with people from many different cultures having shaped the urban fabric and contributed to arts, industry and politics on a national and international level. The University of Leicester, working in partnership with Leicester City Council and in association with the Richard III Society, is proud to have a role in telling this story, employing its expertise in archaeology, history and genetics.”

 
More details about the team involved in this archaeological project can be found here!

 
 
Richard III monument Leicester

Resources and further reading recommendations:

  • “Richard III: The Maligned King” by Annette Carson (2008) – More details about the book on Amazon.co.uk
  • The fate of Richard III’s body” by John Ashdown-Hill, BBC Article about King Richard III’s last days and the fate of his remains (published ca. 2004)
  • “The Last Days of Richard III” by John Ashdown-Hill (2010) –
    Further details to the book are collected here.
    We presented Dr. Ashdown-Hill with his rich research about King Richard III on the KRA-website here.
    Dr. Ashdown-Hill published a detailed analysis of legend and fact, which leads to the assumption of the still untouched resting place in the church of the former Greyfriars, Franciscan friars, in Leicester, where the search for King Richard III’s remains is intended.

 

 

The area of interest

Sign-Greyfriars church (Richard III Society 1990)

 

Car Park in the area of New Street – where archaeologists are due to start work

 


Größere Kartenansicht
 
Attention Please !
Visitors are not able to view the dig, except for the opening day on the 8th of September, 2012, as it is taking place at an operational council area and is not publicly accessible. In addition, the possibility of finding human remains requires maintaining a ‘clean site’.
 
 

Timeline CarPark Leicester


 
 


♕ Leicester News Coverage ♕


 
In the blog articles here on KRA, we try to keep you updated on the news coverage and developments of the digging.
 
A list of press-articles is available on a separate page here.
 
We include the links to the further information in the KRA-blog here (Latest News at the top):
 
15.12.2012: Rumours about a King
 
The Adventures of a King
 
12.12.2012: Kingly Richard & King Richard – News
 
26.11.2012: Finds and Research at Grey Friars in Leicester – Overview of late research and research methods with lots of quotes from the researchers themselves.
 
25.11.2012: Leicester News
 
14.11.2012: Leicester Cathedral – Personal News
 
04.11.2012: Is it or is it Not – Leicester News
 
28.10.2012: Leicester Fights Back
 
16.10.2012: Leicester News
 
09.10.2012: Leicester News and History
 
04.10.2012: News and Petitions
 
02.10.2012: 560th Birthday of King Richard III
 
24.09.2012: Two Kings & Two Towns & One Book
 
19.09.2012: To Bury a King, by fitzg
 
17.09.2012: King Richard III – News – Start of the Poll for the last resting place for King Richard III.
 
15.09.2012: Full Press Conference Video about Search for King Richard III (12.09.2012) by the University of Leicester
 
13.09.2012: The King: Is it or isn’t it Richard Plantagenet? by fitzg
 
12.09.2012: Dramatic new turn in the search for King Richard III – Human remains found and press conference in the Guidhall in Leicester announced to reveal more details.
 
10.09.2012: One more week to find King Richard III – Overview of achieved success of the digging so far.
 
07.09.2012: Leicester News – Images of finds during the digging
 
05.09.2012: Leicester News – Announcement about Opening Day on the 8th of September 2012 to see the digging progress at the carpark in Leicester
 
 

2 Responses to Search for King Richard

  • As the dig for Richard III continues, needless to say there is alot of comments, pro and con, about the dig, if they will find Richard’s remains or where he will be buried. As with anything so monumentarily important in history, there will always be varied opinions that are pro and con. However, no one should diminish the work that Phillippa Langley is doing, has been doing or will be doing. Whether or not they find Richard’s remains (and let us all hope in sincere unity that they do), and whether you like it or not where his remains will be buried, support of this important project is important not only for the Ricardian community but for an understanding of the history of the Grayfriars. Let us all keep in mind that while the search is for the remains of a King who has been much aligned, it is also the discovery of other souls who may be buried there as well. The Foundation gives Ms Langley its full support in her sincere efforts and to those who can’t support it, then I say you don’t support the king.

  • RGerhart says:

    The work done and initiated by Philippa Langley is really impressive.

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