So, who was the lady buried in the lead coffin? Archaeologists believe she was an important early benefactor of the Grey Friars. However, she will likely remain anonymous.
Documents dating back to the time of the burials name a lady called Emma, who was married to John of Holt and whose body was buried “in the Franciscan church in Leicester.”
But nothing more is known about Emma, what she looked like, her age at death or where in the friary church she was buried.
Such a lack of fundamental information, coupled with no known descendants who can provide a DNA sample, make it impossible to say for certain whether one of the four female skeletons unearthed so far is that of Emma.
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