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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

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Richard III: Diggers hope to find headless friars

Archaeologists are hoping to find three headless friars at the Richard III site
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
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.

Richard III Open Day in Leicester

The University of Leicester is today holding a Richard III Open Day. Experts who discovered the Kings remains will be in attendance to share experiences of their findings.

Two of the departments behind the search for Richard III - the Department of Genetics and School of Archaeology and Ancient History - will also be open to the public.

Earlier this month, designs for a new Richard III visitor centre were unveiled.

The remains of King Richard III were found under a car park in Leicester Credit: PA

Richard III centre: designs unveiled

Designs for the new King Richard III visitor centre in the heart of Leicester's Old Town has been revealed.

How the new Richard III centre will look at Former Leicester Grammar School building Credit: Leicester City Council

"Richard III: Dynasty, Death and Discovery" will guide visitors through the dramatic story of the King's life and his rediscovery in a car park in the city.

The centre for Richard III will open in 2014 l Credit: Leicester City Council

The centre will open in March 2014, in the former Leicester Grammar School building at St Martin's Place. It is likely to attract 10,000 visitors per year and bring in over £4.5million pounds to the city's economy in the first year.

Designs for Richard III visitor attraction to be unveiled

Facial reconstruction of King Richard III touring the country till 16th March 2014.
Facial reconstruction of King Richard III touring the country till 16th March 2014. Credit: PA

External designs for a Richard III visitor attraction will be unveiled in Leicester's Guildhall later today by the city's Mayor, Peter Soulsby.

The centre, which will be located in the former Alderman Newton's Grammar School on St Martin's Place, Leicester, is expected to open next spring. The King's remains were discovered in a car park in Leicester last year.

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Archbishop visits the car park where Richard III's remains were found

Archbishop of Canterbury asked questions about the removal of King Richard III's remains. Credit: ITV News Central

The Archbishop of Canterbury, The Most Revd Justin Welby, has today visited the car park in Leicester where the remains of King Richard III were dug up in September last year.

The Archbishop was joined by the Mayor of Leicester, Sir Peter Soulsby, and the Bishop of Leicester, Tim Stevens.

The visit to Leicester was organised by faith leaders following the death of Drummer Lee Rigby.

Academic finding: Richard III was 'buried in a hurry'

Skeletal remains in the grave of King Richard III. Credit: University of Leicester

An academic paper on the archaeology search for King Richard III, reveals for the first time specific details of the grave dug for his corpse.

The paper reveals that Richard III was 'casually placed in a badly prepared grave' – suggesting gravediggers were in a hurry to bury him.

It also reveals that he was placed in an 'odd position' and the torso crammed in.

King Richard III's remains were discovered in the Greyfriars area of the city in September last year.

First look at Kings Richard's head

Facial reconstruction of King Richard III Credit: ITV News Central

Visitors to Leicester's Guildhall are the very first in the country to get up close to the facial reconstruction of King Richard III.

Richard III's facial reconstruction has gone on display today at the Guildhall Credit: ITV News Central

It has gone on display this morning for the first time at the exhibition about the 'King in the Car Park'.

King Richard III's remains were discovered in the Greyfriars area of the city in September last year.

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