Review: The Last Days of Richard III and the fate of his DNA: The Book that Inspired the Dig

The Last Days of Richard III and the fate of his DNA: The Book that Inspired the Dig
The Last Days of Richard III and the fate of his DNA: The Book that Inspired the Dig by John Ashdown-Hill
My rating: 3 of 5 stars

An interesting read read as preparation for a short course I’m doing soon on FutureLearn.com at the life of Richard III. This is a period I know little about and this short book did a great job of sifting through the preconceptions passed down from Shakespeare and others about Richard III and his character, reign and last days, giving a great flavour of the times as well as the man. It was especially interesting to read the thoughts of one of those behind the discovery of Richard’s body in the now famous car park! Also fascinating to compare and contrast it to The White Queen dramatisation which we watched not so long ago. More of a series of articles that one cohesive work and possibly falling between being an academic publication and popular history presentation, but don’t let this put you off.

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