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 when the future king Henry VII, first of the Tudors, hacked Richard to bits.
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The location of his body was a mystery until his skeleton was recently found under a car park in Leicester. And so began an unseemly tussle over whether to bury him in Leicester or York. Given that York was his power base, as a king of the Yorkist dynasty, I get why this northern English city feels it should have him back.
You’d think he wasn’t a particularly lovable king but he has his supporters (referred to as “Ricardians”) 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.
UPDATE: Since writing this blog post in 2013, the remains of King Richard III were given a high profile burial but not in York Minster – instead in Leicester cathedral close to where his body had been found under a car park. A film of the burial below.