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The Last Days of Richard IIINA was rediscovered alive and well and living in Canada Now with the discovery of a skeleton at Greyfriars Priory in Leicester England John Ashdown Hill details how his book inspired the dig and completes this fascinating story Using the knowledge of Richard III’s living relative he is also able to analyze the DNA results of the skeleton and perhaps finally put the absorbing mystery of the lost king to res. view spoiler Bettie's Books hide spoiler

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The Last Days of Richard III Download ☆ 102 õ A fully revised and expanded edition includes the discoveries of the Leicester dig Richard III's burial location and the DNA results of the skeleton found A uniuely detailed exploration of Richard's last 150 days details these events from the standpoint of Richard himself and his contemA fully revised and expanded edition includes the discoveries of the Leicester dig Richard III's burial location and the DNA results of the skeleton found A uniuely detailed exploration of Richard's last 150 days details these events from the standpoint of Richard himself and his contemporaries By deliberately avoiding the hindsight knowledge that he will lose the Battle of Bosworth Field this book pres. The idea of looking at the last days of Richard III's life as if the battle of Bosworth's outcome was unknown seems so obvious to me that I'm wondering why it wasn't done before It's only a literary text that can plant portents and a sense of fatalism in Richard III's story as this book shows he expected to win at Bosworth and he was a man of considerable piety and courage The version of Richard III shown in Shakespeare's plays as elsewhere of course is a part of the Tudor myth no surprise to those who've looked at the history plays in any detail I thinkGranted the scope of this book is deliberately limited Such infamous issues as the 'Princes in the tower' are barely touched upon and Ashdown Hill is wholly on the side of Richard III viewing Henry Tudor's claims as dubious in the extreme But to his credit Ashdown Hill makes that explicitly clear and points out several instances of double standards applied to that period of history by writers both contemporary and modernThe first section of the book up to Richard III's death is the fascinating to me Genealogy is not one of my things and even if I personally were a descendant of someone important say Llywelyn ap Gruffydd or Owain Glyndŵr I'd find it difficult to be interested in the exact doings of all the unbroken line from that person to me So the chapter tracing the female line of Richard's family was one I skimmed though I was fascinated to know that it was done and that the mitochondrial DNA survived for comparison with the body now known to be Richard III'sThe success of the search for Richard's body and the comparison with a living descendent speaks very well of Ashdown Hill's meticulous and accurate research

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Ents a new Richard no passive victim awaiting defeat and death but a king actively pursuing his own policies and agenda It also reexamines the aftermath of Bosworth the treatment of Richard's body his burial and the construction of his tomb Based on newly discovered evidence and wider insights it explores the motives underlying these events And there is the fascinating story of why and how Richard III's D. I have just started reading the Kindle edition of The Last Days of Richard III and the fate of his DNA by John Ashdown Hill I don't often recommend a book until I finish it but this is a must read John has a lovely sense of humor and a dry style but I'm finding this book a page turner nonethelessIn the case of books published by The History Press THP I find the ebooks preferable to the print if for no other reason than THP uses really small type face especially in their paperbacks Another advantage is that I can copy bits from the text through the Kindle app on my PC and paste it into the email as I did here It even gives me the citation info that I'd need for a paperIn August of 2012 a team of archaeologists from the University of Leicester went digging in a social services parking lot with the idea of hopefully finding evidence of the Grey Friars Friary Not only did they locate the friary they found Richard III’s remains In 2003 before the dig was ever considered John Ashdown Hill started his investigation of finding a living descendent from the female line of Richard’s mother Cecily Neville The female line of descent is necessary because children inherit an exact copy of their mother’s mitochondrial DNA mtDNA but only the female passes this copy to the next generation The author describes the process of finding a living descendent of one of Richard’s sisters and of the mtDNA analysis The mtDNA was now available for comparison to the remains’ mtDNA As exciting as this information is for me this is the present day science This book is so much Ashdown Hill paints a fresh picture of a man who despite terrible personal tragedies—his only legitimate son had died suddenly in April of 1484 and less than a year later his wife died after a long illness probably tuberculosis—looking forward to remarrying and producing an heir and to a long reign as England’s king Although there can be no doubt that Richard genuinely grieved for his son and wife he nevertheless was planning for the future This refreshing image is different from what most historians and novelists have portrayedThe reader also gets a sense of what daily life was like for Richard what some of his duties were and how he would execute them I found this book to be rich in detail and informative about Richard III’s last 150 or so days and about the role of DNA in confirming the remains Not only is “Last Days” a significant historical reference I found it a delight to read John Ashdown Hill achieved what is rarely seen in such a scholarly work—a reference that can be read from beginning to end without compromising the facts I can’t recommend this book enoughThis is a shortened version of the review first published 3142013 on my blog Random Thoughts of an Accidental Author © 2013 Joan Szechtman