New Richard III discovery?

Archaeologists at the site where Richard III was discovered in Leicester believe they may find a group of friars who were beheaded for treason by Henry IV in 1402.

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Richard III: Further information on the headless friars

  • The Friars were involved in spreading rumours that the deposed Richard II, who had died in 1400, was planning to reclaim his throne from Henry IV
  • Henry IV's reign was threatened by Robert III, King of Scots and Owen Glyn D?r’s insurrection in Wales
  • Roger Frisby, a theologian and Doctor of Divinity at the University of Cambridge, was the friar ringleader
  • More than 30 people were arrested with 14 put to death - including Roger Frisby and fellow Leicester friars Walter Walton and John Moody
  • The men were hanged before being beheaded
  • It is thought their bodies were buried at their own friary in Leicester

Richard III: Diggers hope to find headless friars

Archaeologists are hoping to find three headless friars at the Richard III site Credit: University of Leicester

Archaeologists at the site where Richard III was discovered in Leicester believe they may find a group of friars who were beheaded for treason by Henry IV in 1402.

The University of Leicester Archaeological Services will carry out a search at Grey Friars church in Leicester this month where Richard III was found.

Richard III was discovered at the same site in September 2012 Credit: ITV Central

It is believed the three Leicester friars were put to death in London in 1402, more than 80 years before Richard III was killed in the Battle of Bosworth.

Read about how Richard III was discovered here.

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