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Digging for Richard III: The Search for the Lost King (Paperback)
  • Digging for Richard III: The Search for the Lost King (Paperback)

Digging for Richard III: The Search for the Lost King (Paperback)

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Published: 02/09/2015
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Take a cast of archaeologists and historians who inhabit different worlds. Add a medieval king who died in battle, and was revived by Shakespeare as the ultimate anti-hero. Throw in a forensic quest with almost unbelievable twists, and a theatrical modern burial with no parallel, and you have the material for an irresistible story for our times. In the hands of a leading archaeologist and award-winning journalist, the search for a king’s grave becomes the page-turning, entertaining, informed narrative that makes Digging for Richard III the must-read title on the most sensational archaeological find for generations.

Publisher: Thames & Hudson Ltd
ISBN: 9780500292020
Number of pages: 246
Weight: 240 g
Dimensions: 198 x 130 mm
Edition: Revised and expanded edition

'An utterly compelling read ... a book which tells us as much about modern archaeology and the personalities of those who found Richard, as it does about a long dead king. By the end you may well be dusting down your trowel and setting out for the nearest dig' - Will Gore, Independent on Sunday 'This book is about far more than the mere killing of a king. It’s about life, discovery and death … original and intriguing … as good as being there' - BBC History Magazine 'The vivid tale of a king, his demise, and the thrilling rediscovery of his remains … an insider’s account of how modern archaeology really works, and how it was used to piece together the mystery of Richard’s resting place' - Military History 'Not so much a who-dunnit, as a what- why- and how-dunnit: history’s most remarkable cold case, and a fascinating glimpse into the 21st-century world of faith, science and publicity. Compulsively readable' - David Miles, former Chief Archaeologist at English Heritage 'Spellbinding … Pitts’s narrative gives us changing moods, exact dialogue, expressions on faces - and mounting amazement as the uncovering of the skeleton proceeded' - British Archaeology 'An entertaining, knowledgeable and forensic examination of one of the most extraordinary archaeological digs ever' - Sir Tony Robinson, actor and amateur historian 'Pitts arguably puts forth the most balanced, unbiased account of the discovery' - Smithsonian

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“Fascinating and Accessible”

There is a lot to be said for a writer with an academic background who can make history and academic sciences appealling and accessible to the general reading public. Mike Pitts in 'Digging for Richard III'... More

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“An enjoyable account of the famous dig”

An enjoyable and easy read that manages to avoid the slow and difficult pacing that similar books often encounter. This is probably because it is less of a history book and more of a recounting of the build up to the... More

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“The definitive account England's most famous dig!”

There has been a lot written recently about Richard III and the archaeological excavation which unearthed his remains, but personally I feel this is the best and most complete account of the world famous dig. Full of... More

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