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The Last Days of Richard III and the fate of his DNA

The Book that Inspired the Dig

The Last Days of Richard III and the fate of his DNA by John Ashdown-Hill
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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 a 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 Greyfriars 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 aliving relative of the king allowed the royal body to be identified.
The History Press; January 2013
192 pages; ISBN 9780752498669
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Title: The Last Days of Richard III and the fate of his DNA
Author: John Ashdown-Hill
 
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