Press Coverage 2015


♕ Press Coverage 2015 ♕


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  • BBC News: King Richard III church arches restored (March 12, 2015) –

    The portal of the Church of the Annunciation in Leicester, where King Richard III lay for two days after his death at Bosworth, is reconstructed and exhibited at De Montfort University.


  • The Guardian: Richard III gets a lavish send-off… at last, by Elizabeth Day (March 8, 2015) –

    Extensive facts and statements about King Richard III and the events around his burial are collected in this article by Elizabeth Day.




  • The Telegraph: How bad a guy was Richard III?, by Dominic Selwood (February 18, 2015) –

    As always, I try to be ‘devil’s advocate’ here and raise a few counter arguments, where in my opinion history (so far – the future may prove me wrong) did not leave us enough material to solve the question one way or other.

    At least, this article is a good collection of arguments to condemn Richard III in a question where historical sources are not sufficient or trustworthy enough to solve the case.
    Following the principle of cui bono unfortunately does not solve this case as straight forward as Dominic Selwood makes it appear in his article.
    As ‘cui bono’ also includes the premise of who can profit without letting others know about his committed crime and evade prosecution or condemnation.
    That now is a point clearly in Richard III’s favour, which also and especially lawyers would see, as they take that into account when coming to a decision. A legal principle for example is that the most obvious profiteer normally is too frightened about the condemnation to act in his ‘obvious’ favour, but rather acts in complete contrast as a protector.
    King Richard III too obviously was the supposed profiteer, so the death could only harm his reputation in a situation where he did not need further confirmation of his power as soon as the parliament decision made him king.
    Even a freeing of the princes (his illegitimate nephews without a title at this time) would not have changed the handing over of the crown to the one remaining legitimate ruler of England.


  • The Telegraph: King Richard III: scientists pinpoint fatal blow to skull, by Joe Daunt (February 13, 2015) –

    The death blow to King Richard III’s skull was now detected by modern forensic scientist Prof. Guy Rutty.
    Video material by the University of Leicester is included in this article.



  • Loughborough Echo: King Richard III tourism initiative targets visitors to England, by David Godsall (February 12, 2015) –

    King Richard III as tourism magnet in this new one week Britain tour, even though he has to share his popularity with Shakespeare and still must endure the bard’s version of his life’s story.




  • ITV News: Interactive Richard III open day ahead of reburial (February 4, 2015) –

    Opening Day on Saturday 21 March 2015 at the University of Leicester previous to re-burial ceremony week of King Richard III will give visitors an interactive experience of research and ceremonies.


  • BBC News: Petition calls for Catholic ceremony for Richard III (January 23, 2015) –

    What rules our present time and consequently defines our treatment of every human being? How would you like to be treated, when you no longer can decide? With decency or as a scientific object? – That is not just a ‘scientific’ question, but for King Richard III a very acute and real one.
    When the initial plans had been made about the excavation, clear plans had been stated to keep his bones in a holy place, a catholic church, till final arrangements of a burial could be made. This for diverse reasons and arguments had not been the case, but King Richard III lies in a scientific place, supposedly well cooled and preserved to study. A petition tries to change the interim phase, till King Richard III will be buried in Leicester Cathedral on 26 March 2015.


  • Leicester Mercury: Richard III: New petition calls for the king’s remains to rest in a Catholic chapel, by Peter Warzynski (January 23, 2015) –

    The more extended version of the motivation behind the petition the BBC so erroneously titled “Petition calls for Catholic ceremony for Richard III”. The ceremony is not the sole purpose of the petition, but the for a king and human being rather undignified storage in an university vault for safe keeping. As human remains normally are ‘stored’ in churches and their special sanctuaries for the dead before burial, this petition tries to rectify this ‘scientific storage’ and tries to bring King Richard III’s remains to a church and holy place to make amends for this ‘inadequate treatment’ of human remains and treat King Richard III like all other deceased, as a human being.
    But my hopes for a success of this petition are minor, as the authorities play for time and evade the purpose of the petition by distracting and pretending it demands something different from what is its real purpose. Leicester Cathedral’s official statements also makes it a Catholic / Anglican controversy, which I find rather inappropriate.


  • Leicester Mercury: The Big Question: Should Richard III lay in a Catholic chapel before he is reinterred at Leicester Cathedral?, by Peter Warzynski (January 23, 2015) –

    Leicester Mercury holds its own poll about the new petition for King Richard III to get, what everyone else in our time automatically gets when dead and not yet buried.
    Though clearly the media still do not get the point of the petition:
    The point of this petition is not, that King Richard III gets his (missing or otherwise) catholic ceremony, but that his human remains, like for any other human being in today’s world, would be stored in a place of worship and be accessible for commemoration before burial and not a scientific storage vault at a university. The discussion about this petition in the media is completely off topic.
    The petition is not, to raise enmities between confessions,
    it is not to redo or pronounce King Richard’s Catholicism (which by the way he was not, as the divide and definition did not even exist yet),
    it is also not against Leicester Cathedral, as it seems to presume,
    it is also not against the UoL, though they seem to feel threatened by it as well.
    I am neither connected to the petition nor to Leicester Cathedral, nor to any other of the involved parties, nor do I have any special interest in a Catholic ceremony. But the off topic media discussion is astonishing and in my opinion a concerted effort to play for time. A disgrace for humankind and it is a sad impression of human compassion. Because after all, King Richard III might have been King of England, but in the end, he is a human being who deserves to be treated as one.




  • BBC News: Richard III coffin rosary blessed at priory (January 7, 2015) –

    Historian Dr. John Ashdown-Hill gives King Richard III a special rosary on his way, which will be buried with him in his coffin.
    Putting a rosary in a grave with the dead is a special Catholic tradition and a very sensitive way to uphold a ritual King Richard III might have known and appreciated.




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