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Melissa Snell

Is Richard III buried under a parking lot?

By August 26, 2012

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In 1485, King Richard III was defeated at the Battle of Bosworth Field by Henry Tudor, putting an end to the Wars of the Roses. After the battle, Richard's body was stripped and subjected to various degradations so that his men might know how badly they had lost. Eventually, however, the body was recovered by his loyal followers and buried in the Greyfriars Church in Leicester.

Over the centuries, however, the church fell into disrepair and its whereabouts were forgotten. Now archaeologists believe the site of the Greyfriars Church is under a parking lot. They have yet to determine the precise location of the church, let alone Richard's grave within it, but it is a project the team plans to undertake with enthusiasm.

Find out more about the project in the article at The Guardian.

Update: The church has evidently been discovered. See your Guide's news item for more details.


August 30, 2012 at 9:07 am
(1) Russell Milkins says:

Hope they do find it, Richard deserves to be recovered and buried, probably next to Edward his brother whom he served so loyally.

August 30, 2012 at 10:27 am
(2) Sybil says:

I just watched a YouTube video about Edward, Richard’s older brother. It seemed to prove that Edward was illegitimate, the son of a Welsh archer in Rouen. Apparently, he could only have been conceived when his father was in Poitons.

I always wondered why, when Richard was so loyal to Edward and to his sons, he seemed to change his mind all of a sudden. He must have been told or figured out that Edward should not have been king and, therefore, his son, Edward, should not be king. This explains his change of mind which seemed so confusing to me.

I hope they find his remains and bury them where they belong.

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