- Published: Stroud, England : The History Press, 2013.
- Edition: Rev. and updated edition.
- Description: 222 pages : illustrations ; 20 cm
- Language: English
- Format: Book
- Richard -- III, -- King of England, -- 1452-1485 -- Last years.
- Richard -- III, -- King of England, -- 1452-1485 -- Death and burial.
- Great Britain -- History -- Richard III, 1483-1485.
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The last days of Richard III and the fate of his DNA
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Call number: 942.046 As
Originally published in 2010 as The last days of Richard III.
The first edition of this book rekindled interest in locating the remains of England's King Richard III, the subject of one of Shakespeare's most famous plays and whose death at the Battle of Bosworth Field in 1485 ended the War Of The Roses and gave rise to the Tudor Dynasty, perhaps England's greatest, which included Henry VIII and Elizabeth I. This revised edition in part chronicles the excavation and identification of the remains but the casual reader, perhaps attracted by the publicity of the recent events, will find this book full of such excruciating detail of the minutiae (in the author's own words) of the last few months of Richard's life as to be almost literally unreadable. At the same time, the author assumes that the reader will be so familiar with the background of the War Of The Roses and the complicated dynastic histories of the period as to leave those subjects virtually untouched. The battle, itself, is covered in only 4 pages, and the excavation of the re-discovered grave in even fewer. Detailed attention, however, is paid to the biographies of the female descendants of Richard's aunt which allowed the recovery of the mtDNA which was of great significance in proving the remains to be Richard's. Although quite short, this book is useful primarily as resource material and of interest to few but the very specialized Ricardian scholar.
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