Resting Place for King Richard III


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26 Responses to Resting Place for King Richard III

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  • Actually, to allow a great number of visitors and new historians to visit his burial site, I would choose Westminster. Anne Neville is supposedly placed there, I touched her tomb. His son could also be moved from Sheriff Hutton. Why not give this sad little family an honored place together. So long after his horrible death and despoilment of his body, let many people unite worldwide and show our affection and enduring regrets. Westminster is an unbelievable depository of history, Richard was certainly a pivotal historical figure…it should be there.

  • Dianne Penn says:

    I have chosen York as to me, Richard’s last wishes are what count. He is well known to have preferred the North and only visited London when he had to. York risked the wrath of Tudor when they bravely entered in their City Records ‘King Richard, late mercifully reigning over us, was through great treason . . . piteously slain and murdered, to the great heaviness of this city,’ reported the mayor’s serjeant of the mace a day after Richard’s death. It is wonderful what Leicester and the University have acheived, but Richard did not chose to die in Leicester, it is where he was betrayed and treated most foul by Tudor and left exposed in the Market Place for 3 days – an anointed King of England! Please – let him go home to York and finally Rest in Peace.

  • Ruth Carty says:

    My personal preference would be to see a chantry chapel completed in York Minster, as Richard himself intended. I can appreciate perfectly why Leicester should want to keep the remains, having excavated and recovered them (if they are him).
    It would also be the expedient and cheaper option, as there is a ‘tombstone’ memorial already in the nave of the cathedral.
    However, there would be huge Ricardian support for his burial in York and, after 500 years lying in an unrecognised hole in the ground, the splendour and familiarity (to Richard) of York Minster would be some recompense for his forgotten years.
    Religion is a matter of the heart and the spirit; we should follow Richard’s own wishes in this.

    Also; is anyone considering using close relatives of Richard for mtDNA testing? We know where George of Clarence and Edward IV are buried. Doesn’t DNA from either of them make more sense than a 17th generation descendant (maybe)?

  • I think that York would be the place to place the remains of KIng Richard. if this is where he would have wanted to be buried then so be it and let him Rest in Peace there.

  • Juliet says:

    Either York or Leicester get my vote. Ricardians would have their own pilgrimage to the King’s last resting place in a proper medieval cathedral. York, of course, is glorious and grand, and we believe the Duke liked it there, so that would be my first choice. (Dianne P’s thought about putting the family together was lovely, too.)

  • Phil Stone says:

    All I ask is that whichever church is given the honour of holding the mortal remains of King Richard, his reinterment will be performed with the solemnity and dignity that is due to an anointed King of England.

  • Pamela says:

    I voted for Leicester. It is the place where he has rested for 500 years and where his remains have been preserved by the local soil conditions. He may have wished, in his lifetime, to create a chapel in York Minster for himself and his wife and son, but he had Anne buried in Westminster Abbey and we don’t know where Edward of Middleham is actually buried. We have to be pragmatic. It is extremely unlikely that Anne would be exhumed (do we know where her actual remains are located as opposed to the plaque in the Abbey?) and transferred to York. Equally, it is not possible for Richard to be buried with Anne in London. Modern regulations indicate that exhumed remains should be reburied as close as possible to the original burial place. Leicester Cathedral is a few yards away. Finally, Richard’s body was given a respectful burial by the monks and, until the sacking of the religious foundations, his grave would have been tended by them and prayers would have been said daily over his body. Leicester looked after him to the best of its ability and even after the Dissolution, continued to preserve his remains, albeit unknowingly. Leicester would seem to be the most appropriate place for Richard to be buried and commemorated.

    • The York family has mostly been buried in Fotheringhay church–his father, mother and brother Edmund are all there. Why not go to his family?

    • Dianne Penn says:

      With respect Pamela, I think the remains are buried in the closest church when they are UNKNOWN. If the DNA proves it to be Richard, then we will know who he is so his wishes should be honoured. I wonder why Anne’s tomb was unmarked? Perhaps Richard had plans to move her to York/Middleham at a later date? We do not know where his son is buried, I think the Sheriff Hutton tomb is not him, so perhaps again Richard had plans for York/Middleham for his son too. Sadly, events overtook him.

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  • Brunhild Visigoth says:

    Whilst the idea of the family reunion is touching, Richard’s own wishes should be paramount. It is perhaps surprising that Ann was not interred in York, but it is certainly what Richard wanted. Richard loved the city and York loved him. What a risk to call him “piteously slain and murdered” and “late reigning mercifully” in records in the reign of his killer. It should be York.

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  • Linda Bliss says:

    I feel it only right for Richard to be buried in York Minster. After all it was what he wished, he loved the North and was well loved and respected by the North, and Yorkshiremen don’t give that willy-nilly to just anyone! I can understand why Leceister want to keep him, but please, show some respect for the man’s wishes and send him ‘home’

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  • Colleen Doggett says:

    York is King Richard III’s preferred home and where he ruled as Duke before being king. He should return home.

  • Jacqueline Nuttall says:

    I think York Minster is the only truly fitting place for Richard III. I believe he has strong ties to the area having spent part of his youth there and those ties were strengthened when he married and was the Kings representative as President of the council of the North in York. the city has retained its medieval beauty to this day and its time he went home to rest in peace.

  • Liz Titley says:

    The debate between York & Leicester over who has the right to keep Richard III should be irrelevant. Richard III loved York and its people, and was loved by them. It is his wishes we should keep in the forefront of this debate, and this is echoed by his collateral descendants. We come not to glorify or enrich a city, but to bury a king in the place he lived & loved. Richard would choose York.

  • Sue Jennings says:

    100%………… YORK

  • Martin Kirkham says:

    York Minster is by far the best and most appropriate for the tomb of king Richard III. He was of the family of York. Also, it’s doubtful if he would have many happy memories of Leicester!
    As he lived and died before the Reformation, There should be a requiem mass in the Catholic rite, in the Minster.

  • Gillian Jackson says:

    As far as I can see through all the reading I’ve done on the period, Richard and Anne couldn’t wait to get out of London and back to Middleham which I truly believe was home for them. He was an anointed king and as such should be buried in a suitable place and the only one that really fits the bill is York Minster. Yorkshire folk loved Richard and supported him to the end, it’s only right and proper that his remains lay among those who loved him best.

  • Richard was never titled ‘Richard of York’ as suggested by the Plantagenet Alliance. He was Duke of Gloucester before he became King Richard III. The confusion arises because he was a member of the House of York (as was Edward IV), as opposed to the House of Lancaster (as was Henry V and Henry VI). Though he was lauded by the Council of the city of York (after all he halved the taxes they had to pay to him!) there are records that not all the inhabitants of York, or Yorkshire for that matter, regarded him in the same golden haze as the City Council. Though I am still looking I have not yet found any firm evidence that Richard expressed any firm wish as to where he wanted to be buried, if you know of any, please let me know.

    • Dianne Penn says:

      ….. and also please let us know if you find any ‘firm evidence’ that Richard would have liked to have been buried in Leicester. In the absence of both I think his life and the actions he took in that life should be studied and a conclusion drawn from those. It was not only York that benefited from Richard’s attention, Scarborough did very well in his time too.
      Re Phil Stone’s request for ‘’solemnity and dignity that is due to an anointed King of England’’ it looks very much as if that is falling on deaf ears at the moment after reading the shenanigans which are going on in Leicester…… ‘a four day street entertainment’ ‘the begging bowl held out for donations ‘to help us bury King Richard’’ and to top it all he is being taken back to Bosworth and then brought back to relive that horrendous and humiliating last journey to Leicester.
      I am shocked and dismayed by the arrogance displayed, not once have Leicester or the Society asked for any discussion with anyone about this momentous time in our history. Quick enough though to ask the public for money though – as they did when there was a shortfall in the sum required to excavate and now again for their ‘celebrations’….

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