Monday, 9 September 2013

The sad tale of James IV’s body

King James IV died at Flodden on 9 September 1513

Scotland's King James IV was killed at the Battle of Flodden 500 years ago. But what became of his body after the massacre?
Earlier this year, the discovery of the body of Richard III, killed at the Battle of Bosworth in 1485, beneath a car park in Leicester was front-page news.
The obvious implication, that finding long lost kings was a piece of cake, has led to me being repeatedly asked if I am going to look for the body of James IV.
His corpse, disfigured by arrow and bill, was identified after the battle and taken to Berwick, where it was embalmed and placed in a lead coffin before being transported to London.
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