Richard the Third Reburied in Leicester Cathedral

Richard-IIISource: BBC, March 26

The last English king to die in battle was killed at Bosworth Field in 1485, at the end of the Wars of the Roses….

The Archbishop of Canterbury, the Most Rev. Justin Welby, presided over the service with local senior clergy and representatives of world faiths….

Actor Benedict Cumberbatch, a distant relation of the king, read a poem by Poet Laureate Carol Ann Duffy….

“From car park to cathedral…. Today we come to give this king, and these mortal remains the dignity and honour denied to them in death….”

The reburial has not been without controversy. Campaigners who petitioned for Richard III to be reburied in York have described the events in Leicester over the last week as a “pantomime.” While the Dean of York, the Very Reverend Vivienne Faull, was addressing the service in the Minster, about six people walked out in protest.

They described it as “Leicester-centric,” complaining the event should have been about Richard’s connections with Yorkshire rather than the East Midlands.

 

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3 responses to “Richard the Third Reburied in Leicester Cathedral

  1. …and apparently the skeleton shows that Richard III was not a hunchback with a shriveled arm, as Shakespeare would have us believe. Will actors playing Richard now forego those traditional trappings of the role?

  2. true story: some years ago a sporting-goods store in Dundas Ontario had a sale on their winter camping equipment. The sign in the window read: Now is the Discount of our Winter Tents.

  3. All the bad press about Richard was propaganda to please the Tudors. Henry VII was the usurper and an article I read in History Today’s archives said it was the winner at Boswprth what killed them princes.