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Leicestershire School Children Re-create Richard III’s Prayer Book

School children in Leicester and Leicestershire have created artwork for a new book inspired by King Richard III’s prayer book.



Pupils from 81 schools across the city and county produced the artwork which appears in the book, called “Our Book of Hours”.


King Richard III’s own illustrated Book of Hours was found in his tent by the victorious soldiers of Henry VI, after the Battle of Bosworth.


The new Book of Hours was launched today by the Bishop of Leicester, the Right Reverend Tim Stevens and some of the young artists at the King Richard III Visitor’s Centre.


The book features 91 full colour pieces of art. Students at local schools were invited to interpret passages from the Bible and their vibrant artwork is presented in a 188 page hard cover book printed by local company, Gartree Press.


A leather bound presentation version of “Our Book of Hours” is being prepared. It will be on display in Leicester Cathedral from the week of King Richard’s reinterment. King Richard III’s Prayer Book will be in the Cathedral for the period of reinterment, on loan from Lambeth Palace. Copies of “Our Book of Hours” can be reserved from Christian Resources in St Martins House and the King Richard III Visitor’s Centre and costs £20.00.

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