The Lost King: The Search for Richard III (Paperback)
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The official inside story of the discovery of the bones of Richard III now a major motion picture starring Sally Hawkins and Steve Coogan
The mystery of who Richard III really was has fascinated historians, readers and audiences familiar with Shakespeare's dastardly portrait of a hunchbacked monster of royalty for centuries. In 2012, the remains of a man with a curving spine, who possibly was killed in battle, were discovered underneath the paving of a parking lot in Leicester, England. Phillipa Langley, head of The Richard III Society, spurred on by the work of the historian Michael Jones, led the team of who uncovered the remains, certain that she had found the bones of the monarch. When DNA verification later confirmed that the skeleton was, indeed, that of King Richard III, the discovery ranks among the great stories of passionate intuition and perseverance against the odds.
The news of the discovery of Richard's remains has been widely reported by the British as well as worldwide and was front page news for both the New York Times and The Washington Post. Many believe that now, with King Richard III's skeleton in hand, historians will finally begin to understand what happened to him following the Battle of Bosworth Field (twenty miles or so from Leicester) and, ultimately, to know whether he was the hateful, unscrupulous monarch of Shakespeare's drama or a much more benevolent king interested in the common man. Written in alternating chapters, with Richard's 15th century life told by historian Michael Jones (author of the critically acclaimed Bosworth - 1485) contrasting with the 21st century eyewitness account of the search and discovery of the body by Philippa Langley, The Lost King will be both an extraordinary portrait of the last Plantagenet monarch and the inspiring story of the archaeological dig that finally brings the real King Richard III into the light of day.
About the Author
PHILIPPA LANGLEY is a writer / producer who led the successful search to locate King Richard III’s grave in Leicester. Her 90 minute documentary with Channel Four / Darlow Smithson won the Royal Television Society award and was nominated for a BAFTA. She is the co-author of Finding Richard III: The Official Account which details the research behind her Looking For Richard Project. In 2015, she was awarded an MBE by HM The Queen. She is leading The Missing Princes Project. Philippa lives in Edinburgh, Scotland, and is the subject of The Lost King film (2022) starring Sally Hawkins (Dir. Stephen Frears).
Michael Jones is a fellow of the Royal Historical Society and a member of the British Commission for Military History, and has taught at the University of South West England, Glasgow University, and Winchester College. The author of Stalingrad: How the Red Army Survived the German Onslaught, Leningrad: State of Siege, and The Retreat: Hitler's First Defeat. Jones has conducted battlefield tours of the Eastern Front for several years.
“The King's Grave' tells two remarkable stories in alternating chapters.” —Wall Street Journal
“a solid, perceptive work that rights historical injustices” —Publishers Weekly
“Exciting, engagingly narrated tale of the 'search to discover the real Richard III,' ... Compelling throughout, this unlikely story of a three-week dig in an obscure car park is simultaneously informative and enchanting. Langley and Jones include extensive family trees and a helpful timeline. Ricardians rejoice!” —Kirkus
“the authors present two well-realized and complete narratives, both of which are accessbile and fresh. Taken together they form a popular history combining an intriguing mystery, the moving story of Langley's personal journey, and a revisionist portrait of Richard...This title will appeal to general readers with an level of interest in or knowledge of the time period or the historical figures within” —Library Journal