New guidebook details Leicester’s King Richard III story

Posted by uatemp13 at Sep 11, 2013 12:21 PM |
Pitkin Guide Book brings city’s medieval past to life

A new Pitkin Guide Book entitled Richard III: The Leicester Collection clarifies King Richard III’s links to Leicester and tells the extraordinary story of how he came to be buried in the city following his death at the Battle of Bosworth in 1485.

The guide brings readers up to date with current affairs, detailing the amazing story of his rediscovery in 2012 within the lost church of the Grey Friars, beneath a car park in modern-day Leicester city centre, following excavations by archaeologists from the University of Leicester.

Also included are photographs and details of the Grey Friars dig for Richard III and a foreword by Leicester City Mayor Peter Soulsby.

David Baldwin (pictured), the guide’s author and a former academic tutor at the University who predicted the possibility of finding Richard III on the site of the Grey Friars, will feature in the launch on Wednesday 11 September.

Richard Buckley, of the University’s Archaeology Unit (ULAS) and lead archaeologist in the dig for Richard III will also be attending the launch, along with Philippa Langley, from the Richard III society and representatives of Leicester Cathedral (where the king is due to be re-interred).

The guide is a joint project with the University of Leicester, Leicester Cathedral, the city council’s arts and museums service, and the Visit Leicester tourist information centre.

  • The Dig for Richard III was led by the University of Leicester, working with Leicester City Council and in association with the Richard III Society.  The originator of the Search project was Philippa Langley of the Richard III Society.