Book review: Finding Richard III: The Official Account of Research by the Retrieval and Reburial Project

Countdown: 52 days to go to King Richard III’s reinterment. 

Finding Richard III: The Official Account of Research by the Retrieval and Reburial Project
by A.J. Carson (Ed.), J. Ashdown-Hill, D. Johnson,
W. Johnson, and P.J. Langley

As part of my upcoming trip to Leicester, I thought it would be a good idea to brush up on my King Richard III knowledge.

Finding Richard III was a quick and engaging read and revealed many details about the work leading up to the August 2012 dig that I didn’t already know, such as John Ashdown-Hill’s research on the probable layout of the Greyfriars church, how the (incorrect) legend of King Richard’s remains being dumped in the River Soar arose as a misremembrance of what happened to John Wycliffe’s bones in 1425, and the proposed tomb design that was ultimately (and unfortunately in my opinion) rejected by Leicester Cathedral. The maps and illustrations were helpful and the copious footnotes offered a lot of information. The appendices were also interesting and it was nice to see that the organizations and people who donated money to the Looking For Richard Project were listed in one of them.

My only complaint about the book is its layout, the lines of text were too long and I found that my eye sometimes jumped to the wrong line. The optimal line length for text is about 75 characters, the line length for Finding Richard III is approximately 90 characters.

At just £8.50 for the physical version it’s worth buying. It’s also available as an ebook. Here are links to the book on,, and John Ashdown-Hill’s website.

Imprimis Imprimatur, 2014
ISBN 978-0-9576840-2-7
96 pages including illustrations, several appendices, and index.

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