Published: 05/01/2015
ISBN: 9780957684027
eISBN: 9780957684034
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Annette Carson (editor) is a freelance author with a preference for history and biography, and was historical consultant on the Looking For Richard Project - see my Troubador author page. John Ashd... read more

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Finding Richard III:
The Official Account of Research by the Retrieval and Reburial Project
by A.J. Carson (Ed.), J. Ashdown-Hill, D. Johnson, W. Johnson and P.J. Langley

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Their task was to locate a lost grave in an obliterated church. The ‘Looking For Richard’ team of historians and researchers spent many years amassing evidence. Now for the first time they reveal the full story of how that evidence took them to a car park in Leicester.

Reports of the dig and DNA fingerprinting were shown world-wide and won awards. But the years of prior detective work have never before been recognised.

Latin texts, mediaeval priories, old maps, long-lost memorials, misleading tales of grave desecration ... not a Dan Brown novel, but a sober account of how painstaking studies of historical records achieved the goal of finding Richard III.

Informed by Dr John Ashdown-Hill’s sound knowledge of the Franciscans (Greyfriars) and their architecture, together with his discovery of Richard III’s mtDNA, the LOOKING FOR RICHARD PROJECT launched by Philippa Langley rested on solid foundations. It rested equally on her own exhaustive research into the Greyfriars site, and her indomitable determination to see it through.

Other members made up a team that until now kept a low profile, combining to facilitate, raise the money (the search cost some £40,000), and cultivate an ethos that laid emphasis on respect for a king who fell defending crown and country. Historian Dr David Johnson and his artist wife, Wendy Johnson, proposed a tomb design that won approval from the Richard III Society, whose members overwhelmingly financed the search.

Edited with the sure touch of writer and author Annette Carson, this publication reveals how scholarship and research into 500 years of history underpinned an enterprise of which the world saw only the triumphant end result.

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Philippa Langley was invited to nominate Richard III in the BBC Radio 4 'Great Lives' series, with Annette Carson as the expert witness. The programme was broadcast on Tuesday 6 January 2015.

Book review published in Salon by the Society of Antiquaries of London:
'In sum, this is a short but scholarly book, well written and packed with facts: perfect for anyone who wishes to understand the background to the search for Richard III without the media sensationalism.'

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