The Bones of a King

The Bones of a King : Richard III Rediscovered

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The dramatic story of Richard III, England's last medieval king, captured the world's attention when an archaeological team from the University of Leicester identified his remains in February 2013. "Bones of a King" presents the only official behind-the-scenes story of the Greyfriars dig written by the specialists directly involved in the discovery. A behind-the-scenes look at one of the most exciting historical discoveries of our timeFeatures exclusive photographs of the dig as well as the king's remainsIncludes contributions from the interdisciplinary team that discovered and identified the remains, including specialists in archaeology and geneticsExplains the scientific evidence behind his identification, including DNA retrieval and sequencing, soil samples, dental pathology, his wounds and his scoliosis, and what they reveal about his life, his health and even the food he ateBuilds an expansive view of Richard's physical and psychological environment during his life, as well as accounts of the treatment of his body prior to burial, and his legacy in the public imagination from the time of his death to the presentThe only book written for non-specialists by the team who discovered Richard IIIshow more

Product details

  • Online resource | 256 pages
  • Wiley-Blackwell
  • United Kingdom
  • English
  • 1118783204
  • 9781118783207

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The dramatic story of Richard III, England's last medieval king, captured the world's attention when an archaeological team from the University of Leicester identified his remains in February 2013. "Bones of a King" presents the only official behind-the-scenes story of the Greyfriars dig written by the specialists directly involved in the discovery. Featuring exclusive photographs of the king's remains and the dig site, "Bones of a King" brings to life the Leicester team's journey from dig to identification, showcasing the work of experts from archaeologists to geneticists in this landmark event in British history. "Bones of a King" presents the details of his death, his burial environment, analysis of the teeth, and DNA retrieval and sequencing that played a role in allowing experts to make a positive identification of Richard III. Beyond explaining the mystery surrounding this infamous monarch, "Bones of a King" is an elegant example of the way modern-day specialists collaborate through to solve the mysteries of the past.show more

About Professor of Renaissance Studies Gordon Campbell

Gordon Campbell is Professor of Renaissance Studies at the University of Leicester. His previous publications include "Renaissance Art and Architecture" (2004), "Bible: The Story of the King James Bible" (2010), and "The Hermit in the Garden: from Imperial Rome to Ornamental Gnome "(2013), as well as many other books on literature, art, history, and biography. He is a fellow of the British Academy and a former chair of the Society for Renaissance Studies, and in 2012 he was awarded the Longman - History Today Trustees Award for a lifetime contribution to History.show more