Homeless Bones: The Mysterious Fate of Richard III

Battlefield, scene of the death of King Richard III. Unearthed in a garden in nearby Earl Shilton, it was dated as possibly 15th-century and judged to be of a type made for a person of high rank. It now has pride of place in the courtyard of the prestigious Battlefield Visitors Centre. Not bad for a lidless, trough-like object used for years as a flowerbed in a villager’s water-garden.

A mediæval coffin? The archæologists say so. Expensive in its day? The historians are confident. Richard III’s sarcophagus? Silence… except for a spirited declaration from the Leicestershire County Council that the coffin is a “tremendous find and an excellent addition to the Battlefield Centre”.

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