resting place of Richard II under a car park in Leicester from the air
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aerial photograph of showing the resting place of Richard III under a car park in Leicester. When this photograph was taken in 2007, few people suspected that underneath this unassuming car park lay the remains of Richard II, King of England from 2 October 1452 until he was killed in the Battle of Bosworth Field on 22 August 1485. Richards body was discovered after extensive archaeological research by a team led by the University of Leicester Archaeological Services. After the battle Richards body was taken and laid to rest at Greyfriars Franciscan Friary in Leicester. Henry VII paid for an alabaster tomb with an effigy of Richard, however all trace of the tomb and the friary that contained it were lost after the Friary was dissolved by Henry VIII in 1538. The friary remained lost for nearly 500 years until the foundations were unearthed in an archaeological dig in 2013. Richards body was also discovered and his identity confirmed by DNA testing. He was later reinterred at Leicester Cathedral.
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