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Is Richard III buried under a car park ?

Posted on Sunday, 26 August, 2012 | Comment icon 67 comments | News tip by: Still Waters


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Archaeologists believe the remains of King Richard III could be buried underneath a council car park.

The exact burial place of Richard III has remained a mystery for centuries. He was killed in 1485 at the Battle of Bosworth then later buried at a Franciscan friary in Leicester. In the years that followed however the friary fell in to ruin and as a result the location of his grave was lost.

Now thanks to new research archaeologists believe they may have located his burial place beneath what is now a council car park. "It has been known for a long time that the Greyfriars friary was the final resting place of Richard III, but actually working out where its individual buildings were was pretty difficult," said project head Richard Buckley.

"Historical records show that Richard III was buried in the church of a Franciscan friary in Leicester shortly after his defeat and death at the hands of Henry Tudor's army in the Battle of Bosworth in 1485."

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Comment icon #58 Posted by hetrodoxly on 28 August, 2012, 18:24
Hetrodoxly, my post doesn`t deny the bravery of the British soldier during the war, of which both sides showed ample examples I merely mention the fact that the WAR was a shameful episode in British colonial history. As for your comment that "there wasn`t much fighting after these events," that is most certainly wrong. Ishandlwana and Rorke`s Drift were just the opening blows of a major campaign that saw serious engagements at places such as Hlobane, Nyezane, Giginlodhvu, Ntombe River and Eshowe as well as the death of France`s Prince Imperial, Louis Napoleon, son of Emperor Napoleon III, befo... [More]
Comment icon #59 Posted by Mc the Quipper on 28 August, 2012, 18:39
Of course the illegitimacy of Edward IV and his pre-contract with Eleanor Butler have never be proved, all there is is a lot of unsubstantiated heresay, gossip and accusation. I`ve always believed the boys were murdered at the instigation of John Morton Bishop of Ely and Margaret Beaufort. While people tend to note that the Duke of Buckingham was constable of the Tower of London, Thomas Stanley was Constable of England briefly under Richard and that gave him just as much access to the Tower as anyone. If it wasn`t the good Bishop and his estranged wife Margaret, then Stanley still had the oppo... [More]
Comment icon #60 Posted by Still Waters on 5 September, 2012, 14:39
Update - Archaeologists searching for the remains of Richard III are a step closer to finding his resting place after discovering the church where he was buried. http://www.telegraph...ind-church.html
Comment icon #61 Posted by Taun on 5 September, 2012, 15:18
So after they find his resting place.. are they going to remove him to another plot? Give him a royal interment? He never really had one in the first place, so I'd say he was due....
Comment icon #62 Posted by Simbi Laveau on 6 September, 2012, 2:48
http://news.yahoo.com/lost-medieval-church-discovered-beneath-parking-lot-150230522.html Update from today's
Comment icon #63 Posted by Arbenol68 on 12 September, 2012, 10:12
Another update. They've found some bones. http://www.bbc.co.uk...rshire-19561018
Comment icon #64 Posted by Still Waters on 12 September, 2012, 14:46
Another update. They've found some bones. http://www.bbc.co.uk...rshire-19561018 Thanks. I was just coming to post that
Comment icon #65 Posted by hetrodoxly on 12 September, 2012, 22:51
Thanks. I was just coming to post that Very interesting, there was some truth in his appearance, a curvature of the spine but not as bad as Shakespeare would have us believe.
Comment icon #66 Posted by CRIPTIC CHAMELEON on 12 September, 2012, 23:39
The male line of the Plantagenets became extinct with the execution in 1499 of Edward, Earl of Warwick, the son of George, Duke of Clarence, in the reign of Henry VII. (or so the 'official' line goes). If my research was correct, then there may have been one still alive until 1550. (It went down very well as my dissertation for my BA, anyway) Hhmmm very interesting but like all lords, kings etc most likely had the odd illegitimate child hanging around, sometimes even working for them and never knowing.
Comment icon #67 Posted by Still Waters on 28 October, 2012, 21:44
Latest - "Richard III is finally to receive a burial fit for a king more than 500 years after he was killed in battle. Remains that archaeologists believe are those of the king are to be buried in Leicester Cathedral if DNA tests prove that the bones are his." http://www.dailymail...ears-death.html


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