Tuesday, 27 May 2014

Richard Of York Gets Buried In Leicester

Maybe we can change violet to lilac?

I first learned about Richard III at primary school a few *ahem* years ago.  We spent most of a term looking at the Tudor and Stuart houses of the British Royal Family, and as a kind of prelude, we were taught about Richard III and the Battle of Bosworth - it being local, we also took a class trip to the battlefield.

A couple of years later, in 1985, was the 500th anniversary of that battle - there were re-enactments, TV programmes, and the Leicester Mercury printed a "tribute" front page showing how the news would have been reported ("THE KING IS SLAIN" shouted the headline).

Richard III is remembered in various place names in and around Leicester - there is a pub called the King Richard III, another called The Last Plantaganet, and one of the main roads into the city is called King Richards Road, to name but a few examples.

So, it was with much excitement that Leicester folk watched the unfolding story of "The King In The Car Park", as the King's remains were discovered after over 500 years.

After months of testing, it was confirmed that the skeleton discovered under the city centre car park was indeed that of the late King.  Plans were made to give him a proper burial in Leicester Cathedral, and an exhibition was set up in the Guild Hall.  However, a spanner arrived in the works courtesy of the Plantaganet Alliance, a group of distant relatives / interested parties who argued that King Richard should be buried in York, and sought a judicial review to this end.

After further months of courtroom wrangling, followed by judges' deliberations, it was announced last week that King Richard would, after all, be laid to rest in Leicester Cathedral.

Proposed design of tomb

I'm looking forward to seeing the exhibition grow, and become part of Leicester's heritage.

1 comment:

  1. How interesting!!! My knowledge of kings and queens outside of Tudor, Stuart, Regency, Victorian ers is pretty hazy!