The Search for Richard III: England's Lost King

September 29, 2015 | Carrie

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Portrait of King Richard III
Portrait of King Richard III. This work is in the public domain in its country of origin and other countries and areas where the copyright term is the author's life plus 100 years or less.

Please join us at North York Central Library on Thursday, November 12 from 7:00-8:00 pm to hear a representative from the Richard III Society discuss the life of one of England's most controversial monarchs. Learn about the fascinating events that led to the discovery and identification of his remains in a car park in Leicester, England.

Richard III was king of England for a short period from 1483 until his death in 1485 at Bosworth Field. He was the last English monarch to die in battle and his death brought about an end to the Wars of the Roses and to the Plantagenet Dynasty.  

Described by Shakespeare as “that poisonous hunchback’d toad, ” Richard has often been portrayed as a physically deformed, evil tyrant who had his two nephews murdered to remove their claims to the throne.

The Two Princes Edward and Richard in the Tower
The Two Princes Edward and Richard in the Tower, 1483 by Sir John Everett Millais, 1878, part of the Royal Holloway picture collection. This work is in the public domain in its country of origin and other countries and areas where the copyright term is the author's life plus 100 years or less.

After his death, Richard’s body was publicly displayed and buried in a Franciscan Abbey. However, with the dissolution of the monasteries under Henry VIII, his final resting place became uncertain for centuries and resulted in much speculation and rumours.

The publication of the popular mystery novel, The Daughter of Time by Josephine Tey in 1951 greatly helped to revitalize interest in Richard and by portraying him in a sympathetic light, helped to redeem his reputation.

It was really one woman, a screenwriter named Philippa Langley, that spearheaded the efforts to locate Richard's remains. After years of researching, raising money and convincing others to get on board, the archaeological dig finally began in 2012.

Find out more about this exciting discovery, how Richard's remains were identified and how the findings influence what we know about Richard III. Please call 416-395-5660 to register for this program.

  

Richard III: a royal enigma  The kings grave Bones of a king
Last days of richard iii Martyr or monster Road to bosworth Daughter of time

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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