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PHILIPPA LANGLEY, MBE

With an enduring passion to tell stories that challenge our perception of established truths, Philippa Langley is a screenwriter and producer who inaugurated and led the successful archaeological search to locate King Richard III’s grave in Leicester. Her 90 minute documentary, The King in the Car Park, about the search for King Richard, made with Channel Four and Darlow Smithson Productions, was aired on 4th February 2013 and commanded an audience of six million.  Her screenplay Blood Royal on the life of King Richard, the most divisive, controversial monarch in British history, is based on Bosworth 1485: Psychology of a Battle, the seminal work on the battle by the historian Michael Jones, co-author of The King’s Grave.

 Philippa is a TAPS writer and finalist in Channel Four’s Talent ‘Son of the Pitch’ competition and SWF’s Scriptmarket. She is also a BAFTA Rocliffe shortlisted writer and regular contributor to the Richard III Society’s Bulletin magazine. She received the Richard III Society’s Robert Hamblin Award in 2012 and was made an MBE in 2015. Philippa Langley lives with her two sons in Edinburgh.

Co-authored with Michael Jones, The King’s Grave – The Search for Richard III was published in 2013 by John Murray and is her first book.

Philippa has also detailed the research behind her Looking For Richard Project in Finding Richard III: The Official Account of Research by the Retrieval and Reburial Project (2014).

For more information please visit www.philippalangley.co.uk


PRAISE FOR The King's Grave

Philippa Langley has just written a compelling book with historian and friend Michael Jones . . . It is cleverly constructed: in alternate chapters she tells the story of her quest, while Michael details the life of Richard colourfully. It reads like an up-all-night thriller (Mail on Sunday)

This is the year that Richard III rose up from his unmarked grave in a Leicester car park, and this is the book that describes the painstaking quest for the king's body, and the battle that destroyed him. Philippa Langley pursued his remains, Michael Jones pursued his reputation and together they have written a book which explains and defines the battle where he died, the grave that was lost, and the legend that followed him. This book is about an important excavation indeed, of the body from a lost grave, and of a king from a long libel (Philippa Gregory)

The King's Grave . . . reveals the remarkable story of how the remains came to be unearthed. And the result is a compelling portrayal of one of this century's most important archaeological discoveries (BBC History Magazine)

History at its most fascinating (www.booksmonthly.co.uk/nonfic.html)

A . . . page-turner (Current Archaeology)

Langley's invaluable contribution to the investigation is undisputed; she envisioned, facilitated and drove it for years. Her confidential, breathy, diary-style chapters recreate the immediacy of the dig for the reader . . . The Search for Richard III makes for compelling reading (TLS)

Jones's cogent and nuanced narrative provides the historical ballast to Langley's search (Guardian)

Interesting and engaging (Daily Express)

The King's Grave tells two remarkable stories in alternating chapters (Wall Street Journal)

LATEST BOOK: THE KING'S GRAVE: THE SEARCH FOR RICHARD III

The real life, death and remarkable discovery of history's most controversial monarch.

On 22 August 1485 Richard III was killed at Bosworth Field, the last king of England to die in battle. His victorious opponent, Henry Tudor (the future Henry VII), went on to found one of our most famous ruling dynasties. Richard's body was displayed in undignified fashion for two days in nearby Leicester and then hurriedly buried in the church of the Greyfriars. Fifty years later, at the time of the dissolution of the monasteries, the king's grave was lost - its contents believed to be emptied into the river Soar - and Richard III's reputation buried under a mound of Tudor propaganda. Its culmination was Shakespeare's compelling portrayal of a deformed and murderous villain, written over a hundred years after Richard's death.

Now - in an incredible find - Richard III's remains have been uncovered beneath a car park in Leicester. The King's Grave traces this remarkable journey. In alternate chapters, Philippa Langley, whose years of research and belief that she would find Richard in this exact spot inspired the project, reveals the inside story of the search for the king's grave, and historian Michael Jones tells of Richard's fifteenth-century life and death. The result is a compelling portrayal of one of our greatest archaeological discoveries, allowing a complete re-evaluation of our most controversial monarch - one that discards the distortions of later Tudor histories and puts the man firmly back into the context of his times.

BIBLIOGRAPHY: The Kings Grave: The Search for Richard III, (with Michael Jones) John Murray, 2013; St Martin's Press, USA, 2013.

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