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Stella S. • 1 year ago

University of Leicester archaeologists have found the lost church where Richard III was buried over 500 years ago – under a City Council carpark. After his defeat at the Battle of Bosworth in 1485, the body of Britain’s last Plantagenet king was brought to Leicester where he was buried in a Franciscan friary. Known as the Church of the Grey Friars, the structure was demolished during the Dissolution of the Monasteries and its location forgotten.

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