Experts who found Richard III to speak at major conference

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THE team who found Richard III’s remains under a council car park will reveal details of the remarkable discovery at a major conference.

The 20th annual International Medieval Congress began yesterday at the University of Leeds and will end on Thursday when a medieval village will appear in the city’s University Square.

About 2,000 delegates are expected at this year’s event, which is organised by the Institute for Medieval Studies and is the biggest academic event of its kind in the UK and the largest medieval-themed academic conference in Europe.

The director of the congress, Axel Muller, said: “Experts from around the world will discuss everything from the pleasure of food, music and literature to sex and spirituality.

“Although it was many hundreds of years ago, we can learn a lot from this period that is relevant to today’s society.”

The event will also feature the lecture on Wednesday about the discovery of the skeleton of Richard III in Leicester from the team who unearthed the landmark find.

A high-profile campaign has been launched to bring the remains of the king to Yorkshire for burial.

Members of the Plantagenet Alliance are challenging the decision by the Ministry of Justice and the University of Leicester to push ahead with the re-interment of the skeleton in the east Midlands city’s cathedral.

Richard, who grew up at Middleham Castle in the Yorkshire Dales and regularly visited York during his turbulent 26-month reign, died in battle in 1485, effectively ending what became known as the Wars of the Roses.

The International Medieval Congress includes a programme of lectures for visitors, as well as several public events, including musical performances and food workshops.

The Medieval Village due to be on display in university Square on Thursday will feature historical craft demonstrations such as chain mail production, spinning and textile production, as well as dyeing and even an apothecary.

More information and tickets for the medieval congress are available by visiting www.leeds.ac.uk/ims/imc/publicevents on the internet.

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