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Richard III: Ceremony to remember Battle of Bosworth fallen

Members of the Richard the Third Society and other dignitaries held a rose laying ceremony today Photo:

Members of the Richard III Society and other dignitaries held a rose-laying ceremony today at Bosworth Battlefield Heritage Centre.

It was to mark the deaths of the 1,000 troops who died alongside King Richard III in 1485. The site has attracted worldwide attention since the discovery of Richard's remains in a Leicester car park.

The ceremony was to mark the deaths of the 1,000 troops who died alongside their king in 1485

Reverend Linda Blay led the ceremony. It was to commemorate the lives lost in one of the last significant battles in the Wars of the Roses.

For 32 years the House of York and the House of Lancaster fought for control of the English throne.

The Battle of Bosworth, between Henry Tudor and Richard III was a bloody one. A thousand men were killed along with their king.

The remains of King Richard III were discovered in a Leicester car park last year

Now that his remains have been found in Leicester, there is a huge amount of renewed interest in the heritage site.

Sometimes it sounds ghoulish, 'we've found the remains of a king, look at the skeleton', but what's interesting to me, because I like history, is that suddenly time past and time present are together; this is a touching place, this is where the past touches the present.

– Peter Lewis, Leicestershire County Council

With the spotlight on this slice of English medieval history, it could be that some of it gets re-written.

Richard III did not get a great press while he was alive, but the discovery of his remains and the worldwide attention it has received means he does now get the recognition many feel he deserves.

Whatever spin is put on him, his story has a worldwide fascination, particularly for supporters known as Ricardians.

I live in a very small town in the United States and our newspaper doesn't get much more than the Ladies Aid Society but they had an article on the dig and so it has aroused a tremendous amount of interest.

– Jonathan Hayes from US Richard III Society

Interest and intrigue remains as his final resting place is still in dispute. His descendants want it to be York, but Leicester Cathedral are making their own plans for his reinterment next spring.

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