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Whilst it is not essential to do any background reading before the course begins, you may find it useful to do so. The reading list below contains books that you can read. You don’t have to read all of these and we don’t specify any that you must read. Instead, these are readings you can use to gain a preliminary understanding of topics, as well as to study in more depth those parts of the course you are particularly interested in. You may also want to take a look at magazines such as British Archaeology, World Archaeology and Current Archaeology.

Further suggestions about ways you can extend your understanding of topics through books, television etc may also be posted as appropriate on this blog, as well as on the WEA East Midlands Region History Space.

Ashdown-Hill, J. 2013. The Last Days of Richard III and the fate of his DNA. The History Press.

Kennedy, M, Foxhall, L and Greyfriars Research Team. 2015. The Bones of a King: Richard III Rediscovered. Wiley-Blackwell.

Langley, P and Jones, M. 2014. The King’s Grave: The Search for Richard III. John Murray Publishing.

Morris, M and Buckley, R. 2013. Richard III: The King Under the Car Park: The Story of the Search for England’s Last Plantagenet King. University of Leicester School of Archaeology and Ancient History.

Pitts, M. 2014. Digging for Richard III: How Archaeology Found the King. Thames and Hudson Ltd.

Also available on DVD: Richard III: The King in the Carpark + Richard III: The Unseen Story.