A Final Defeat For The Yorkists – The Burial of Richard III

Following on from my earlier posts here, tomorrow March 22nd will see Richard III of England, Last Plantagenet monarch of England and last English monarch of the middle ages setting off on his final journey. Where that journey comes to an end has, of course, been the subject of much controversy.

Amidst all the arguments about whether or not he should be reinterred in Leicester or moved to York there sprang up the Plantagenet Alliance, a group of people who claim descent from the Plantagenets (although, not from Richard himself who has no known descendants, his only legitimate child dying in childhood and his illegitimate children aren’t know to have had any children). The Plantagenet Alliance challenged Leicester’s right to the King’s remains and argued that he should be reinterred in York because he was after all Richard of York. Their legal appeals ultimately failed. Leicester University were the ones who conducted the archaeological dig and the subsequent investigation and as such they had the right to choose what happened to him.

So, legal wranglings over all that was left to do was make the arrangements. Tomorrow morning he will be taken from the university of Leicester in his newly made coffin. Apparently the coffin was made by one of the plantagenant descendants whose DNA was used to identify the King; a nice touch. From there the procession will travel to Fen Lane the spot believed to be closest to the scene of his unfortunate demise (which has itself been the cause of much controversy and debate see this BBC news report for details).  They will also stop at the Bosworth Battlefield Heritage Centre. In the evening the remains will be given into the care of the cathedral. The cathedral will be open for the public to view the coffin at various times from Monday 23rd to Wednesday 25th March before the interment ceremony takes place on Thursday 26th.

For the full reburial timetable is available online here 

This has been an interesting saga to watch unfold and it has brought to light more information about the royal family than was perhaps expected, like for example finding out that Richard may have been blonde haired and blue eyed or this story revealing that the Beaufort line’s male line DNA doesn’t match Richard III’s meaning whoops someone has been naughty and either Richard III or Henry VII may not have had a genetic claim to the throne.

Now if we could just find out exactly what happened to the princes in the tower…I suspect nothing short of the invention of time travel will solve that one, but never say never.


Richard III’s head

Ok it’s not actually his head but it’s a model of his head built from his skull following the discovery of his body last year. The model is now on display in the Yorkshire museum in York until 13th October.

This has brought the fight over his remains back to the forefront, which I have blogged about before. Although the University authority has the right to decide where to bury him the descendants of the Plantagenet’s want him buried in York and have taken legal proceedings seeking a judicial review. Continue reading

Where should Richard III be buried?

Just a quick blog to keep my hand in but this is a question that has sparked another debate. It seems that despite being dead for more than 500 years Richard III is still causing controversy.

The plan is for him to be reinterred in Leicester cathedral but many people are shouting out for him to Buried in York; he was Richard of York after all! He is still strongly associated with the city of York which is home to the Richard III museum situated in Monks bar in the city walls. It would certainly be a nice touch for him to be laid to rest in the minster there and I for one would be interested in going to see the tomb. That probably sounds like a bit of a morbid curiosity but it isn’t. I have just found the story of this mysterious Plantagenet king fascinating. Plus York is one of the few place away from home that I’m fairly comfortable in (still can’t go alone though!)

As for Leicester, well, of course he has lain there relatively undisturbed since his death in 1485 and it can be argued that he should remain in the city. Leicester university have been the academic body in charge of the excavation and discoveries that came with it so it may seem to be the logical choice. If he’s been there all this time why move him now? After all it’s still a massive step up from a car park right? Continue reading

Richard III found

They’ve found Richard III and I’m very excited by it but I have to say I’m not sure why. It doesn’t really change anything after all. Except now we know where his body is after it’s been missing for over 500 years so that’s a bit exciting isn’t it?

Anyway I shall be going around singing the horrible histories Richard III song all night in honour of the occasion! Although the verse about his deformity doesn’t work quite so well now but it’s still a work of genius if you ask me.  I love that show, even if I don’t have kids.  There’s something for everyone…….well everyone who has a functioning sense of humour

Looking forward to watching ‘The king in the carpark’ on channel 4 tonight with Simon Farnaby from Horrible histories. History geek out.

Richard III press conference

Well today is the day of the Leicester university press conference concerning the possible/probable remains of  RIchard III. I’m still unaccountably very excited! I’d love to watch a live feed online like last time but alas I have to go to work and even if I could find the link I doubt my boss would let me watch it 😦 

I watched the old Tony Robinson documentary that they put on the other night. I love a Tony Robinson time team special but it was a bit unfair.  So much for Richard III fact or fiction it was clearly saying he did it that’s obvious but hey everyone was at it! Alright they did mention elements in support of Richard’s character but it wasn’t weighted all that fairly from my point of view. Not that I’m saying he didn’t do it, I don’t know I wasn’t there! Continue reading