New study from historian who 'predicted' whereabouts of the remains of King Richard III
David Baldwin, a former academic tutor at the University of Leicester, made a prediction about the discovery of Richard III almost 30 years ago; today, he has new research to present about the character and history of the deceased monarch.
David, who used to teach in the School of Historical Studies, predicted in 1986 that at some point in the 21st century the slight remains of the famous monarch had a chance of being found by an excavation team on the site of the Grey Friary.
His new book, 'Richard III', is the most recent biography of the last Plantagenet king, and could shed new light on his complex character. David suggests that the king’s complex and difficult childhood, in which his father, uncle, and elder brother were killed and he was sent into exile all before his ninth birthday, could account for the drastic measures he took to secure his position later. The study is timely considering the University's recent discovery of the remains that could be Richard III.
David Baldwin’s new book, 'Richard III' (Amberley, 2012), Hardback, 256pp, 81 illustrations, is out now.