Was this King Richard III’s grave?

   Posted by: Dorothea Preis   in Greyfriars Dig, News

You may remember the guest post about the dig in Leicester by Sally Henshaw, the Secretary of the Midlands East branch of the Richard III Society, from about 2 weeks ago.  Sally returned for another visit to the site, after the skeleton was found, and has kindly sent us some photographs of special relevance with the find.

Place where the male skeleton was found between the yellow markers. The head was at the marker at the front of the photo facing the picture of Richard III (facing east). (© Sally Henshaw)

Yorkist retainers keeping watch. (© Sally Henshaw)

The dig and its findings are based on the research by John Ashdown-Hill, which he published in his book The Last Days of Richard III.   It was fitting that it should have been him, who removed the excavated bones from the site. [according to an article in the Daily Gazette, see here]

In the meantime, while we are all waiting for the results of the DNA tests, the Australian media seem to have lost interest in the findings, but not so in the UK, where arguments about where Richard should be re-interred (provided it is established that it is him, of course) and with what kind of ceremony are going backwards and forwards.   I just hope they decide on a place that is quieter and more dignified than Westminster Abbey, though that is where his wife, Queen Anne Nevill, is buried.  I visited the church this July and was fairly horrified – it was not a church but some sort of theme park.

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