Tag Archive: Leicester

Search Is On for King Henry I, Who May Be Buried Under a Parking Lot

Henry I Reading Abbey

Looking for a dead medieval king? You might want to check under a parking lot. That theory, at least, is on the minds of archaeologists and historians in Reading, about 40 miles west of London, who this week will begin searching for the high altar of the abbey founded by King Henry I. They believe…

Five missing medieval kings and queens – and where we might find them

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As a second carpark becomes the suspected burial site of a medieval English monarch, we wonder: who else is still under the tarmac? As 2016 begins, the recent public interest in hunting for royal burials shows no sign of abating. Hardly has the dust begun to settle on Richard III’s expensive new tomb in Leicester…

Backyard Bonanza: Medieval Outhouses and Roman Roads Unearthed

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Backyards haven’t changed much over the past 1,000 years or so, new archaeological findings suggest. Rubbish pits, storage areas, outhouses, wells and short walls to keep the neighbors at bay are a few of the things that archaeologists in England recently unearthed while digging beneath an old bus depot in the city of Leicester. Dating…

Richard III Re-interment Service LIVE Stream Replay

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A replay of the Richard III re-interment service on 23 March 2015. Live stream courtesy of The Telegraph

BBC launches Richard III on WhatsApp

King Richard III

The BBC is launching a Richard III WhatsApp alert service which will follow the king’s story in the month of his reburial. The discovery of the king’s skeleton beneath a Leicester car park in August 2012 attracted worldwide interest. His remains will be reinterred at Leicester Cathedral on 26 March, after his coffin is taken…

MAP#62: Kristie Dean and The World of Richard III

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We are two weeks away from the beginning of the Richard III re-interment ceremonies. Leicester will be packed with dignitaries, tourist and medievalists to witness the final procession of Richard from Leiscester to Bosworth and back. On the last episode we talked to David Monteith, the Dean of Leicester Cathedral about the Cathedral and the…

MAP#61: David Monteith Dean of Leicester Cathedral and King Richard III

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Three years ago archaeologists began a dig to discover the lost remains of King Richard III. Unbelievably they found his remains the very first day! It took over a week of careful excavation to uncover and exhume his bones. The bones were sent to the University of Leicester for analysis. After months of testing and…

2014 Medieval Year in Review: News

2014 was again the year of King Richard III. His re-burial date and place was officially announced and the monarch will be laid to rest in 2015. Although not everyone is happy with his final resting place. But really York or Leicester, isn’t it better than under a car park? There was also some interesting…

Richard III to be reburied at Leicester cathedral in March

Richard III Skull

We first reported on the confirmation of King Richard III’s remains back in February 2013. It was announced earlier this month that Richard III ‘s reburial will take place at Leicester Cathedral in March 2015. ~The Archivist Richard III will be reburied at Leicester cathedral next March, it has been announced. The reinterment service will…

Does Leicester’s Richard III centre live up to the hype?

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A £4m visitor centre built next to the Leicester car park where Richard III’s skeleton was discovered is opening on Saturday. It aims to cash in on the excitement generated by the discovery of the medieval king’s bones but will it live up to the hype? “I don’t know what the fuss is about,” says…

Ghost Hunters ‘Hear Richard III’s Ghost’ In King’s Haunted Deathbed Bedroom

A group of ghostbusters claim they have recorded the voice of what could be former Plantagenet monarch Richard III in the room where he spent his last night. The 12 members of Haunted Heritage, a paranormal investigation group, recorded the encounter with the English king last year but did not publicise their findings due to…

Ghost Hunters ‘Hear Richard III’s Ghost’ In King’s Haunted Deathbed Bedroom

A group of ghostbusters claim they have recorded the voice of what could be former Plantagenet monarch Richard III in the room where he spent his last night. The 12 members of Haunted Heritage, a paranormal investigation group, recorded the encounter with the English king last year but did not publicise their findings due to…

Medieval Castle House in Leicester could become five-star boutique hotel

Medieval Castle House

A medieval house in the heart of historic Leicester could be turned into a five-star boutique hotel, a council leader has revealed. Castle House is used infrequently as lodgings for High Court judges visiting the city and to host civic dinners. The property, in Castle Street, near Leicester Castle and St Mary de Castro church,…

Medieval expert calls for King Richard III to be allowed to rest in peace

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A Historian who was instrumental in the discovery of Richard III’s remains has called for him to be laid to rest with dignity. Dr John Ashdown-Hill is the leader of genealogical research and the historical adviser for the Looking for Richard project. His research proved vital in confirming beyond doubt the bones found under a…

2013 Medieval Year in Review: Podcasts

Medieval Archives 2013 Rock of Cashel

2013 featured some great podcast episodes. I enjoyed all the episodes but some stood out from the rest. We looked at lost kings, French Princes invading England, epic medieval battles, interviewed authors and musicians, and explored steps you can take to become a historian. Below is the list of the Top 5 podcast episodes for…