4. A Medieval King’s Long-lost Grave Site
Wikipedia and the internet have given us the sense that “everything” is now available for us to know if we just go online. But there really is plenty about the past that we are yet ignorant about. A case in point is a recent find in Leicester in Britain. Archaeologists dug under a parking lot to find the very Greyfriars friary where King Richard III — the last king of the Plantagenet dynasty who was killed after two years on the throne — is thought to have been buried. Medieval window tracery, glazed floor tile fragments (perhaps part of the cloisters walk) and a section of wall have all been uncovered.
Richard III is the subject of a play by Shakespeare. His death in 1485, in the Battle of Bosworth Henry Tudor, was the decisive battle in the War of the Roses which is sometimes seen as marking the end of the Middle Ages.
Photo of King Richard’s field, Battle of Bosworth, near Shenton, Leicestershire, where the king died by Bill Sibley via Wikimedia Commons
Photo of plague on memorial to Richard III by Bill Sibley via Wikimedia Commons
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