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The King's Grave

ebook / ISBN-13: 9781848548923

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Previously published as The King’s Grave.

NOW A MAJOR MOTION PICTURE STARRING SALLY HAWKINS AND STEVE COOGAN.

The official inside story of the discovery of history’s most controversial monarch.

On 22 August 1485, Richard III was killed at Bosworth Field, the last king of England to die in battle. His victorious opponent, Henry Tudor, went on to found one of our most famous ruling dynasties. Fifty years later, the king’s grave was lost and Richard III’s reputation buried under a mound of Tudor propaganda.

Philippa Langley and Michael Jones trace the remarkable story of the search for the lost king, leading to the incredible moment when the 500-year-old mystery was solved by Philippa Langley as his remains were uncovered beneath a car park in Leicester. The Lost King is the astonishing true story of a woman who refused to be ignored and who took on the country’s most eminent historians, forcing them to think again about one of the most controversial king’s in England’s history.

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Reviews

[Philippa Langley] has just written a compelling book with historian and friend Michael Jones . . . It is cleverly constructed: in alternate chapters she tells the story of her quest, while Michael details the life of Richard colourfully. It reads like an up-all-night thriller
Mail on Sunday
The King's Grave . . . reveals the remarkable story of how the remains came to be unearthed. And the result is a compelling portrayal of one of this century's most important archaeological discoveries
BBC History Magazine
The King's Grave tells two remarkable stories in alternating chapters
Wall Street Journal
A . . . page-turner
Current Archaeology
Fascinating
Bookseller
History at its most fascinating
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Interesting [and] engaging
Daily Express
Jones's cogent and nuanced narrative provides the historical ballast to Langley's search
Guardian
Jones's historical chapters are measured, reasonable and elegantly written
Sunday Times
Langley's invaluable contribution to the investigation is undisputed; she envisioned, facilitated and drove it for years. Her confidential, breathy, diary-style chapters recreate the immediacy of the dig for the reader . . . The Search for Richard III makes for compelling reading
TLS
This is the year that Richard III rose up from his unmarked grave in a Leicester car park, and this is the book that describes the painstaking quest for the king's body, and the battle that destroyed him. Philippa Langley pursued his remains, Michael Jones pursued his reputation and together they have written a book which explains and defines the battle where he died, the grave that was lost, and the legend that followed him. This book is about an important excavation indeed, of the body from a lost grave, and of a king from a long libel
Philippa Gregory
In almost the exact spot where Langley had first become convinced she was standing on top of Richard's grave, a careful flick of a trowel revealed the leg bone of what would turn out to be the remains of the king, complete with the twisted, scoliosis spine so compellingly placed centre stage by Shakespeare. Now the remarkable story of King Richard's life and death - and the amazing journey of the intuitive woman who never gave up believing that she would one day find his body - has been brought together in this fascinating and informative book
Lancashire Evening Post
A history-making book which I had trouble putting down
Historical Novel Society