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Battle of Bosworth site found

19th February 2010

Archaeologists have identified the exact location of the Battle of Bosworth, after more than 500 years of speculation.

The battle took place on August 22nd 1485 and saw the death of Richard III, leading to his upstart rival, Henry Tudor, taking the throne. The conflict changed the course of English history.

Experts from the Battlefield Trust have shown that the clash, which was the last time an English king died while leading his forces into the field, took place one mile to the south-west of Ambion Hill - the traditional site of the battle.

The team discovered a silver boar badge, the personal emblem Richard III gave to his followers, in a nearby marsh and determined that this is the site of the monarch's last charge with his knights. A number of cannon balls and other relics back up this view.

Archaeologist Dr Glenn Foard, who led the project, commented: 'If we were looking for any artifact at all and if there's any location we might want to find that artifact, then it's the white boar badge of Richard III next to the marsh.'

William Shakespeare covered the monarch's rise to power in Richard III, which is arguably one of his greatest works, and shows the king being cut down after uttering the line: 'A horse, a horse, my kingdom for a horse!'

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