The Last Days of Richard III and the Fate of His DNA : The Book That Inspired the Dig Paperback
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.
- Format: Paperback
- Pages: 224 pages, 16 black & white plates, 40 black & white illustrations
- Publisher: The History Press Ltd
- Publication Date: 16/01/2013
- Category: Biography: historical, political & military
- ISBN: 9780752492056