Last moments of King Richard III revealed - Friday, 22 March 2013

Be one of the first to discover the truth behind the headlines in a fascinating talk focused on the death of King Richard III which premieres at the Royal Armouries in Leeds on Wednesday (March 27).

Bob Woosnam-Savage, the Royal Armouries’ Curator of European Edged Weapons, will provide an overview of what is currently known about the death of the Lost King of England, who died at the Battle of Bosworth in 1485.

Bob, one of the world’s leading experts on medieval edged weapons, will detail how his forensic investigations helped lead an archaeological team to identify the last of the Plantagenet kings.

The audience will:

• Hear about events leading to the possible last few moments of Richard’s life
• See some of the types of weapon used to kill him
• Discover the wounds inflicted on Richard’s skeleton
• Learn about the five-month investigation that led to his identification

The sensational identification of Richard’s skeleton in February led to headlines and media coverage around the world.

Under international academic and media scrutiny, historians and scientists spent five months testing Richard’s skeleton, unearthed during an archaeological project at the former site of Greyfriars Church in Leicester – formerly hidden in an unmarked grave, below a council car park.

Bob was invited to join the Greyfriars’ project by the University of Leicester and worked to help identify Richard, using his expert knowledge of medieval weapons.

Many historians believed that Richard was buried at Greyfriars after his death at the Battle of Bosworth but his corpse had been disinterred during the Dissolution. His remains had never been identified – until the historic announcement on February 4, earlier this year.

For more details about the Greyfriars project, please visit http://www2.le.ac.uk/offices/press/media-centre/richard-iii

Tickets for the talk, which starts at 6.30pm, are available, priced £5, by calling 0113 220 1888 or by visiting www.royalarmouries.org

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