Medieval Coffin Found

Earlier this month, a lead coffin was found containing the body of a woman. The body is estimated to be from between the years of 1270-1400. The coffin was found in an area of Leicester in close proximity of the previous discovery of King Richard II a few years ago. While the body has not been officially identified, the excavation team went through historical records and found an entry from the Bishop of Lincoln stating, “A Pater and a Ave for the soul of Emma, wife of John of Holt, whose body is buried in the Franciscan church in Leicester.” This entry followed the discovery of a record stating that the Bishop granted an indulgence¬†for 20 years off time in purgatory for a woman named Emma.¬†10 graves in total were found.

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