University of Leicester: The Grey Friars Research Team to publish book about the story behind the identification of Richard III, England’s last medieval king

The Grey Friars research team with Professor Lin Foxhall and Maev Kennedy to publish book exploring for the first time the complete story behind the identification of Richard III

THE BONES OF A KING: RICHARD III REDISCOVERED
By the Grey Friars Research Team with Maev Kennedy and Lin Foxhall
Publishing: 20th March 2015
WITH MORE THAN 40 ILLUSTRATIONS, MAPS & PHOTOGRAPHS INCLUDING COVERAGE OF THE DIG, THE KING’S REMAINS & RECONSTRUCTION

Leicester, UK, 11-3-2015 — /EuropaWire/ — The dramatic story of Richard III, England’s last medieval king, captured the world’s attention when an archaeological team, led by the University of Leicester, identified his remains in February 2013. But, after being buried for over 500 years, the questions surrounding the last Plantagenet King of England remained – how could they prove it was really him?

Written specifically for the general reader and, for the first time, bringing together the complete story, THE BONES OF A KING presents a riveting ‘as it happened’ unravelling of one of history’s great mysteries, as experienced, examined and interpreted by the highly-trained investigating team.

Explaining the scientific evidence behind Richard’s identification, including DNA retrieval and sequencing, soil samples, his wounds and scoliosis, and setting the discovery against what is known about events of the time, this absorbing and important book builds an expansive view of the life, death and burial of one of our most notorious and enigmatic monarchs. Furthermore, it allows us to share the anticipation and excitement of the team as new evidence was uncovered, and to marvel at how a set of bones can now reveal so much…

Full details of the team and their specialities as well as those available for interview are online here.

To interview members of the Grey Friars team, Lin Foxhall or Maev Kennedy, or for an advance copy of THE BONES OF A KING, please contact: Kate Shepherd or Gary Hall at The Oxford Publicity Partnership Ltd, 2 Lucas Bridge Business Park, Old Greens Norton Road, Towcester, NN12 8AX, UK.

Tel: 01327 357770/email: kate.shepherd@oppuk.co.uk or gary.hall@oppuk.co.uk

THE BONES OF A KING – THE GREY FRIARS RESEARCH TEAM, WITH LIN FOXHALL AND MAEV KENNEDY

ISBN: 978-1-118-78314-6 – Hardback – 200 pages – £18.99

CONTENTS

List of illustrations/The Grey Friar Research Team
1 – Investigating the Bones of a King
2 – So How Did He Get There (RB, MM)
3- The Bigger Picture
4 – The Bones Tell Their Tale
5 – Who was Richard?
6 – The Cousins in the Swabs (TK, KS)
7 – What Did Richard Look Like?
8 – The Big Announcement
9 – The Afterlife of Richard III and the City that Never Forgot
10 – Richard Laid to Rest
Appendix 1 / Appendix 2 / Acknowledgements / Index

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