Books interview: the discovery of Richard III’s remains

Michael Jones and Philippa Langley have co-authored a new book on the discovery of Richard III's remains, a project Langley organised and funded. The duo talk to Matt Elton about the dig and its challenges, and offer their take on the controversial monarch's life

The coffin containing the remains of Richard III. The skeleton of the king was discovered in 2012 in the foundations of Greyfriars Church, Leicester, 500 years after he was killed during the battle of Bosworth. (Photo by Max Mumby/Indigo/Getty Images)

This article was first published in the November 2013 issue of BBC History Magazine 

How did you feel when you began to suspect that you had found the site where Richard was buried?

Philippa Langley: The research, which was key, was looking really good. There was a lot of information to back us up, but the belief still wasn’t there in terms of the academic community. It really was an uphill struggle, but I think we just had to say, ‘Let’s just cut the tarmac and see.’

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