MAP#35 – Richard III: Lost and Found

The medieval-verse was all abuzz the last couple of weeks about an exciting archaeology find. Back in August 2012 the University of Leicester started a search for the lost remains of King Richard III. Richard was killed during the Battle of Bosworth, the final major battle of the Wars of the Roses.

King Richard’s death is significant for a few reasons. He was the last King of England to die in battle and his death marks the end of the medieval period. The victor at Bosworth, Henry Tudor, starts the dynasty of the smae name that would last for over 100 years!

In this episode we will look at the history of Richard and find out how the youngest of four brothers rose to throne of England. We also examine the controversies that surround him including the Princes in the Tower and if he was a disfigured hunchback.

But the real exciting part is the dig in Leicester! We’ll listen in to the DNA test announcements and the description of his wounds at Bosworth.

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In this episode we discuss:

  • Richard III: The Last Warrior King
  • Princes in the Tower
  • Hunchback or Tudor Propaganda
  • Richard III Society
  • And more…

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Comments 4

  1. lightfoot36 says:

    Great podcast on Richard III, I have listened to it twice already!  I saw this on the BBC today about scientists finding and analyzing what remains of Richard the Lionheart’s actual heart  —
    “The mummified heart of King Richard I has been analysed by forensic experts.
    When the English monarch, nicknamed Richard the Lionheart, died in 1199 his heart was embalmed and buried separately from the rest of his body.”
  is the link.
    I enjoy listening to all your podcast episodes very much.  Thanks so much for all the time and effort you put into them!

  2. AthenaBraun says:

    I wanted to like this but it seemed that it was biased against Richard..I have many things that put him in a fairer light..

  3. Archivist says:

    AthenaBraun Richard III is a touchy subject, there seems to be no middle ground when it comes to him. If you watch the documentary ‘King in the Car Park’ you will like it, it is very Pro-Ricahrd

  4. Sasha Von Laue says: