Scientists have announced plans to sequence King Richard III's genomes in an attempt to discover more about the 15th century monarch.
Richard III will make history by becoming the first English king to have his genetic code sequenced.
Descendants of King Richard III have demanded that his remains are reburied in York.
City of York Council’s Archaeologist will be leading a series of walks
retracing Richard III’s steps around York, this Spring.
The walking tours are open to the public, and have been devised by
John Oxley FSA in response to public interest in the identification of the
monarch’s remains and as part of the collaborative Richard III: Rumour
and Reality project.
This series of walks were fully booked out last Autumn and, as planned,
are being run again.
Councillor Sonja Crisp, Cabinet Member for Leisure, Culture and
Tourism, said: “In addition to his professional expertise, John is a
fantastic story teller and these walks should be essential for anyone
interested in the history, archaeology and culture of 15th and early 16th
The remains of Richard III are to be the first to have their entire genetic code sequenced.
Scientists want to map the king's DNA before his remains and any samples taken from them are reinterred.
Today Dr Turi King from Leicester University said she hoped to find out more about the monarch's susceptibility to certain diseases:
Richard III's bones were officially identified one year ago today.
The "King in the Carpark" was cut down during the Battle of Bosworth in 1485 - one of the country's bloodiest periods.
A legal row has been rumbling ever since the discovery, over where his bones should be buried.
The legal battle over where the remains of Richard III will be buried has been adjourned.
Three High Court judges decided to adjourn the case to a later date because another party had joined the legal confrontation.
The remains of the last Plantagenet King were found buried under a car park in Leicester last year, and the plan was for them to be reinterred in a tomb in Leicester Cathedral.
But distant relatives of the King in York have brought a legal challenge to this decision. The Plantagenet Alliance claim the remains should be reburied at York Minister, as he wished.
The legal challenge consists of concerns that the Justice Secretary failed to consult before giving archaeologists at the University of Leicester license to excavate Richard’s body, and decide where he would be reburied.
Now the case has been adjourned so that Leicester City Council can be added to the list of parties being challenged by the York group.
The battle to decide where the remains of Richard III are to be buried goes to the High Court today.
The full judicial review hearing about whether the exhuming and reinterring of Richard III's remains should be allowed takes place at London's High Court.
Involving two judges and expected to last a whole day, the hearing will specifically examine the Ministry of Justice's decision to grant a "section 25 licence" to the University of Leicester.
This authorised the university to remove the king's remains from beneath a council car park and reinter them. The university subsequently announced it intended the reburial would take place in Leicester Cathedral.
A group of the king's descendants, known as Plantagenet Alliance Limited, which wants his final resting place to be York, has brought Tuesday's case in an effort to have the "section 25 licence" quashed.
The judge also, in a quid pro quo for granting a full PCO, capped the costs the Alliance can recover from the Justice Secretary and the University of Leicester, the second defendant in the case, at £70,000.
The Alliance had suggested the cap should be dramatically increased by 50% to reflect the Justice secretary's "aggravating" conduct, including his public criticism of the proceedings going to court in the media.
A Ministry of Justice spokesman said: "It is unfair for taxpayers to have to fund the case being brought by the Plantagenet Alliance and we are disappointed by the court's decision on this issue.
"We will now consider the judgment on this appeal and decide our next steps. We will continue to vigorously defend our position at the main judicial review hearing."
Justice Secretary Chris Grayling has lost his High Court bid to stop distant relatives of Richard III having their costs protected if they lose their legal battle over where the monarch's remains should be reburied.
Lawyers for Mr Grayling argued that taxpayers should not have to foot the bill.
But a judge ruled today the relatives, who have formed the Plantagenet Alliance Ltd to fight for the remains to be buried at York Minster, are entitled to a protective costs order (PCO).
Mr Justice Haddon-Cave ruled that he was satisfied that "it was, and is, appropriate, to grant a full PCO".
It is understood that loss of the PCO could have jeopardised the judicial review application going ahead.