Bring Richard III home!


During my recent visit to York, I was asked to support a campaign to bring the body of king Richard III back to the city for burial in York Minster. You may recall that Richard was the reputed hunchback who is also often accused of having murdered his young nephews in the Tower of London. He came to a violent end at the Battle of Bosworth and his skeleton was recently found under a car park in Leicester.

You’d think he wasn’t a particularly lovable king but he has his supporters who believe he’s been badly wronged and given an unfair image by Shakespeare and his Tudor enemies.  So – there is a petition to the United Kingdom government to bring him back to York and give him a full royal funeral.  If you feel very vexed about this yourself – here are all the details.

Richard III

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4 thoughts on “Bring Richard III home!

  1. The problem is: York wasn’t Richard III’s home. He was born in Northamptonshire and lived in many places during his life – but never lived in York.

    Also, the idea that York remained “stubbornly loyal” to Richard after his death is rather belied by the York City Rolls which record that, just two days after Bosworth, while Richard was laid out on a slab in a Leicester church, the York city leaders were enquiring how they should act under the new Tudor regime for the “welfare and profit” of their city.

    Fortunately, Richard was never forgotten in Leicester, the city which cheered him on his way to Bosworth. mourned him on his return, gave his a Christian burial in the holiest part of one of its churches and is full of memorials to him.

    Good archaeological practice, good religious practice and frankly good taste require his remains to be re-interred with honour and dignity in the nearest consecrated ground to his original grave, and not grasped at for financial gain and petty victory, which was the basis of that petition, a petition which received over 3,000 fewer signatures than a petition to keep Richard in the parish where he was commended into God’s care 528 years ago.

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