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Monday, March 23, 2015

Dick's Chapel of Rest

In 2012 an excavation in a car park in Leicester found almost with the first spadeful the remains of King Richard III, the Plantagenet king of England who was killed at the Battle of Bosworth in 1485 during the Wars of the Roses. The victor was Henry Tudor, crowned as King Henry VII.

There was a lot of scientific investigation before it could be confirmed that the remains were Richard's. This was done by genealogists tracing the descendants of Richard's sister and comparing their DNA with that of the skeleton.

Thewoman in this photo, and the man on the left, are those descendants.

The coffin was made by Michael Ibsen, the male descendant, who happens to be a cabinet maker. He is Canadian, the female descendant is Australian.

The "family" wanted the remains buried in York Minster, since Richard was a member of the House of York, but the HIgh Court ruled that he should remain in Leicester.

The cortege arrived at Leicester Cathedral on a horse-drawn carriage, after being taken from the university to Bosworth Field on a gun carriage. The King was taken with dignity across the bridge where his body was brought back into the town naked and slung across a horse's back.

He returned this time with full honours.

I watched for hours with tears in my eyes. Whether he was a devil or an angel we will never know. Things like presumption of innocence and bail come from laws passed by his only government of 1485.

Richard will lie in state in the Cathedral till his interment on Thursday.


Diane said...

We went to the new museum in Leicester last summer, and while I REALLY wanted to be there yesterday - Leicester is only about 30 miles away - decided I'd see more on the TV. I think it was the general reaction from the people en route that got me; it was so dignified and respectful. Had I heard, as someone reported, a chap shout 'God save King Richard' I would have been a blubbing heap. As for Richard's reputation, history is written by the victors and the Tudors - who had the slenderest of claims to the throne anyway - certainly did a number on Richard! I think the most we can say is he was a man of his time. I'm glad they found him, I'm happy he'll stay where he's spent the last 529 years. RIP King Richard III of England.

JoJo said...

That's pretty cool! I don't really remember the details of King Richard III or the War of the Roses except that it was somewhat convoluted. Sorry you didn't get to go, Diane. That would've been neat.

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