Richard III dig: The King is slain, read all about it!
As events unfold in a Leicester city car park, we recall how Richard III made the front page on August 19, 1985.
So, they've found him. Probably. Richard III, it seems, was buried under a car park used by social workers, in the middle of Leicester. You may have heard. Almost 30 years ago, the last Plantagenet was hogging the headlines for a different reason: the 500th anniversary of the Battle of Bosworth.
To mark the milestone, the Mercury produced a special edition, with a front page showing how we would have reported "the most momentous local piece of news in history".
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Under a headline reading The King is slain, and a price tag of one groat, the mock-up paper carried an as-live report of the bloody battle, along with an advert for archery supplies.
Beside it was an explanation and a note for schools: "Head teachers!" it read, "if you would like a facsimile of this page, free of charge, please write to the Editor."
Note to modern day head teachers, you can download a copy of this page at our website.
The photos on these pages are taken from our decades of coverage of ceremonies and events relating to the battle.
You can download a copy of the page printed in August 19, 1985 on the 500th anniversary of the Battle of Bosworth - click here.
THE KING IS SLAIN
By Peter Walker
King Richard III was killed today fighting valiantly to save his crown in the middle of a pitched battle near the village of Bosworth.
At the height of the battle, when victory looked within his grasp, he was betrayed by 3,000 renegade Yorkists, led by the Stanley brothers, who joined the side of Henry Tudor.
This treachery left Richard surrounded by the enemy. He fought on in a desperate attempt to reach and kill Henry, but was unhorsed, cut down and killed.
As the remnants of Richard's army fled the field, Henry Tudor was crowned Henry VII at Stoke Golding.
Richard's death brings peace to England after 30 years of civil war, 14 battles, the slaughter of thousands of men and the violent deaths of eight people of royal blood.
Nearly 1,000 men, including the Duke of Norfolk, are believed to have died in the battle.
While Richard's naked corpse was slung across a horse and taken to Leicester, the new king promised to unite a divided nation.
But the day could have ended so differently.
Richard's army of 10,000 men held the high ground of Ambion Hill and outnumbered Henry's forces two to one.
After about an hour of fighting, the battle had reached stalemate. But time was running out for Henry. Richard's superiority in numbers seemed bound to tell in the end.
The forces led by Willaim Stanley and his brother, Lord Thomas Stanley – though supposedly loyal to Richard – had remained aloof from the battle, on high ground to the north.
Henry rode towards them in a last desperate bid to gain their support.
His position was suddenly exposed and Richard saw his chance, leading a magnificent charge of about 1,000 knights down Albion Hill.
This brilliant military tactic almost smashed through Henry's bodyguard. But just as he was about to reach his adversary, the Stanleys intervened decisively.
Richard and his knights were overwhelmed – and no help was at hand. Richard fought on. He was unhorsed and tried to fight his way to Henry, crying "my kingdom for a horse".
He was brought a horse and urged to flee, but he refused, saying he would die as King of England.
He charged the enemy again, but never reached Henry, being cut down not far from a stream at the bottom of Ambion Hill.
As the dust of the battle settles, a monumental task faces the new king.
Richard's corpse may be on its way to St Mary's Church in the Newarke, where it will be displayed for all to see that he is dead – but the battle to unite the country after a generation of war still lies ahead.
Henry must curb the power of the nobles, who have reduced the country to a state of near anarchy these last 30 years, and bring the king's peace to all parts of the realm.
We believe he should begin his reign by marrying Elizabeth of York, Richard's niece, and so unite the houses of York and Lancaster.
MURDERS THAT RUINED RICHARD
The spectre of the Princes in the Tower haunted Richard III to the day of his death at Bosworth Field.
The 32-year-old king, last of the Yorkists, was a brave and proven warrior.
But when Edward IV died and his 12-year-old son became King Edward V, Richard seized the throne, killing all who got in his way.
The boy king and his brother were lodged in the tower and never seen alive again.
You can download a copy of the page printed in August 19, 1985 on the 500th anniversary of the Battle of Bosworth - click here..