The Last Days of Richard III and the Fate of His DNA

The Last Days of Richard III and the Fate of His DNA : The Book That Inspired the Dig

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The Last Days of Richard III contains a new and uniquely detailed exploration of Richard's last 150 days. By deliberately avoiding the hindsight knowledge that he will lose the Battle of Bosworth Field, we discover a new Richard: no passive victim, awaiting defeat and death, but a king actively pursuing his own agenda. It also re-examines the aftermath of Bosworth: the treatment of Richard's body; his burial; and the construction of his tomb. And there is the fascinating story of why, and how, Richard III's family tree was traced until a relative was found, alive and well, in Canada. Now, with the discovery of Richard's skeleton at the Greyfrairs Priory in Leicester, England, John Ashdown-Hill explains how his book inspired the dig and completes Richard III's fascinating story, giving details of how Richard died, and how the DNA link to a living relative of the king allowed the royal body to be identified.

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  • Paperback | 224 pages
  • 124 x 194 x 20mm | 260g
  • The History Press Ltd
  • StroudUnited Kingdom
  • English
  • Reprint
  • 16 black & white plates, 40 black & white illustrations
  • 0752492055
  • 9780752492056
  • 75,532

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"Although this is a specialized work, the sun never sets on interest in British royalty, the Shakespearean Richard III in particular." "Booklist""

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About John Ashdown-Hill

John Ashdown-Hillis a historian and a member of the Royal Historical Society, the Society of Genealogists, the Richard III Society, and the Centre Europeen d Etudes Bourguignonnes. He is the author of "Eleanor the Secret Queen" and "Richard III s 'Beloved Cousyn.""'""

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