80 years before Ricard III was buried at Leicester's Grey Friars church, three friars were beheaded by Henry IV for spreading rumors about the continued life of the deposed Richard II. Now archaeologists hope to solve the mystery by discovering their graves.
Among those executed was Roger Frisby, a prestigious theologian and Doctor of Divinity at the University of Cambridge, who is believed to have been the originator of the gossip. "It is not clear why Roger latched on to the rumours. It is possible no one particularly believed Richard II was still alive -- and the rumours were simply a way of expressing dissatisfaction at Henry IV's rule," said Mathew Morris, Grey Friars site director. "It would be very interesting if we were to find a headless skeleton during our current Grey Friars dig."