Richard III ‘worth £45m to Leicester economy’

The discovery of the last Plantagenent king, Richard III, has boosted Leicester's economy by about £45m, BBC News reports

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According to the latest figures, leisure and tourism was up six per cent in the county last year, whereas in surrounding counties it was up by just three per cent. Martin Traynor, a trustee of the new Richard III visitor centre, believes Richard was the likely cause of this increase.

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The bones of Richard III were discovered beneath a council car park in 2012.

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Food favourites have roots in medieval kitchens

People in the medieval period enjoyed pasties and sweet and sour dishes, just as we do today, it has been revealed.

According to George Dobbs, a freelance writer who specialises in history and literature, many of our modern favourites such as pasta and rice pudding may originate from the Middle Ages.

A recipe for sweet and sour rabbit can be found in Maggie Black’s The Medieval Cookbook, which dates to the 14th-century, alongside instructions of how to make candy.

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Little-known First World War facts revealed

The alliance system didn’t cause the war, and the conflict dragged on two weeks longer than you think. These are some of the interesting facts revealed by historian Seán Lang in his book, First World War for Dummies.

Produced in conjunction with Imperial War Museums (IWM) as part of their First World War centenary publishing programme, the book offers an introduction to ‘the war to end all wars’.
In it, Lang reveals that although the alliances certainly contributed to the prewar build-up of tension between the great powers, none of these alliances actually produced a declaration of war.

To read the article Lang wrote for History Extra, ‘10 things you (probably) didn’t know about the First World War’, click here.

Roman toilet seat discovered near Hadrian’s Wall

Archaeologists have uncovered what is believed to be the only surviving wooden toilet seat from the Roman period.

In the deep trenches at Vindolanda, which was once a Roman military fort just south of Hadrian’s Wall, the team found the seat discarded among rubbish left behind at the site before the construction of the wall started in the early second century.

There are many examples of stone and marble seats from across the Roman empire, but this is believed to be the only surviving wooden seat.

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“History is worth a fiver”

Many of Britain’s historic houses are under-charging visitors and should raise their prices, a new survey suggests.

According to a study carried out by the Historic Houses Association, some venues are charging as little as a £3 entry fee and are afraid to set higher prices.

Robert Parker, the association’s technical adviser, told the Telegraph that houses charging under £7 should increase prices, and that those at the lowest end of the scale should charge at least £5.

To read the Telegraph article in full, click here.

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