The Last Days of Richard III and the Fate of His DNA

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History Press, 2013 - Biography & Autobiography - 222 pages
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A fully revised and expanded edition includes the discoveries of the Leicester dig, Richard III's burial location, and the DNA results of the skeleton found A uniquely detailed exploration of Richard's last 150 days details these events from the standpoint of Richard himself and his contemporaries. By deliberately avoiding the hindsight knowledge that he will lose the Battle of Bosworth Field, this book presents a new Richard—no passive victim, awaiting defeat and death, but a king actively pursuing his own policies and agenda. It also reexamines the aftermath of Bosworth—the treatment of Richard's body, his burial, and the construction of his tomb. Based on newly discovered evidence and wider insights it explores the motives underlying these events. And there is the fascinating story of why and how Richard III's DNA was rediscovered, alive and well, and living in Canada. Now, with the discovery of a skeleton and Greyfriars Priory in Leicester, England, John Ashdown-Hill details how his book inspired the dig and completes this fascinating story. Using the knowledge of Richard III's living relative, he is also able to analyze the DNA results of the skeleton and, perhaps finally, put the absorbing mystery of the lost king to rest.

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User Review  - PhilSyphe - LibraryThing

I read the 2013 revised version of this tome, which is updated to include the discovery of Richard III's body in Leicester in 2012. Info from the first edition led to the car park being dug up and ... Read full review

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User Review  - john257hopper - LibraryThing

This book is a bit of a curate's egg for me. The tracking down of Richard's mitochondrial DNA through the female line to a lady living in Canada, in order to establish the authenticity of the ... Read full review

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About the author (2013)

John Ashdown-Hill is a historian and a member of the Royal Historical Society, the Society of Genealogists, the Richard III Society, and the Centre Europeen d'Etudes Bourguignonnes. He is the author of Eleanor the Secret Queen and Richard III's 'Beloved Cousyn.'

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