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Royal Armouries Museum

The death of Richard III

Thursday afternoon lecture
24th January 2019 - 3:00 pm - 4:00 pm
Free

As some of the world’s leading authorities in their fields, our curators and conservators will present an exciting range of talks on subjects as varied as the death of Richard III to the secrets behind the making of the infamous Iraqi Supergun.

An insight into his work examining the skeleton and identifying which weapons killed the ‘king in the car park’.

In September 2012, a skeleton was excavated during an archaeological project in Leicester, which lay beneath a local council car park. Part of the projects remit was to seek out any remains of the last Plantagenet king Richard III who had been buried in August 1485 following his death at the battle of Bosworth. The skeleton bore signs of both scoliosis and, tellingly, the trauma of battle. In February 2013 it was publicly announced that the skeleton was indeed that of Richard III and that, after nearly 530 years, the remains of the last king of England to die in battle had been successfully identified.

Bob, Project Weapons Expert for the University of Leicester ‘Search for Richard III’ Archaeological Team, is one of the handful of experts to have physically examined the remains. He was employed to help find and examine the weapons trauma on the skeleton and attempt to identify the various types of weapons that may have been used to make them. As a result, using both historical and archaeological evidence, we can now create a potential sequence of events that lets us discover the possible last moments and death of Richard III – ‘the king under the car park’.

Speaker

Robert Woosnam-Savage – Curator of Armour & European Edged Weapons

Time

3pm

Duration

45 minutes

Note

Parental discretion advised, contains some material unsuitable for children under 14 years of age.

Publication

Robert Woosnam-Savage is the author of Arms and Armour of Late Medieval Europe, which is available to buy from our shop.


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