Friday, 5 October 2012

The Greyfriars Project

The University of Leicester and Leicester City Council, in association with the Richard III Society, have joined forces to search for the mortal remains of King Richard III. 
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On Saturday 25 August 2012 – five hundred years after King Richard III was buried in Leicester - the historic archaeological project began with the aim of discovering whether Britain’s last Plantagenet King lies buried in Leicester City Centre.

The project represents the first ever search for the lost grave of an anointed King of England.
In 1485 King Richard III was defeated at the battle of Bosworth. His body, stripped and despoiled, was brought to Leicester where he was buried in the church of the Franciscan Friary, known as the Greyfriars. Over time the exact whereabouts of the Greyfriars became lost.

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