22 August 1485 – The Battle of Bosworth: The Death of Richard III and the Accession of Henry VII

| August 22, 2013

22 August 1485 – The Battle of Bosworth: The Death of Richard III and the Accession of Henry VII

On this day in history, 22nd August 1485, the armies of King Richard III and Henry Tudor, son of the late Edmund Tudor, Earl of Richmond, and Lady Margaret Beaufort, met on a field near Market Bosworth in rural Leicestershire. Richard was killed in the battle and Henry was crowned King Henry VII, starting a […]

Richard III’s Burial Place by Josephine Wilkinson

| February 4, 2013

Richard III’s Burial Place by Josephine Wilkinson

Thank you to historian and author Josephine Wilkinson for sharing this article that she wrote back in 2006 about Richard III’s burial place. She has updated it to take into account this week’s news, but it’s a fascinating look at the journey to today’s announcement and the legends concerning Richard’s burial. Over to Josephine… Richard […]

Richard III Has Been Found!

| February 4, 2013

Richard III Has Been Found!

Yes, DNA test results have proved that the remains found in the Grey Friars archaeological dig are those of Richard III. I watched the press conference live on BBC News 24 and listened to them on BBC Radio Leicester at the same time (good job I did as the BBC interrupted their coverage for other […]

Richard III’s Remains to be Buried at Leicester Cathedral

| October 29, 2012

Richard III’s Remains to be Buried at Leicester Cathedral

A BBC News report has confirmed that if DNA testing reveals that the remains found in the Grefriars dig are those of Richard III then they will be re-interred at Leicester Cathedral. See Richard III dig: Leicester Cathedral burial confirmed for more information.

Human Remains Found at Richard III Dig

| September 12, 2012

Human Remains Found at Richard III Dig

I’ve been keeping an eye on the University of Leicester website for their daily updates on the Richard III dig, or the Greyfriars Project, and they have just announced the finding of human remains. A press conference is being held today at 11am UK time with representatives of the University, Leicester City Council and the […]

The Richard III Archaeological Dig

| August 30, 2012

The Richard III Archaeological Dig

You may have heard that there is an archaeological dig taking place in the Greyfriars car park in Leicester as archaeologists attempt to find the remains of King Richard III, who was buried in the Franciscan friary on that site after the Battle of Bosworth. You can read daily updates on the dig on the […]

The Battle of Bosworth – 22 August 1485

| August 22, 2012

The Battle of Bosworth – 22 August 1485

Today is an important day in Tudor history because on this day in 1485 King Richard III was killed at the Battle of Bosworth and his troops defeated by those of Henry Tudor. Henry Tudor, of course, became King Henry VII and started the Tudor dynasty. You can read more about the battle in the […]

18 January 1486 – Marriage of Henry VII and Elizabeth of York

| January 18, 2012

18 January 1486 – Marriage of Henry VII and Elizabeth of York

On the 18th January 1486 Henry VII married Elizabeth of York, uniting the Houses of Lancaster and York and establishing a new royal house: The House of Tudor. Henry Tudor had become King on the 22nd August 1485 when he defeated Richard III at the Battle of Bosworth. He was crowned King on the 30th […]

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