A York MP has appealed for calm in the debate over where the remains of King Richard III should be buried after the Dean of York had to refer hate mail to the police.
Hugh Bayley MP says the Government needs to appoint an independent panel to rule on where the remains should be re-interred.
The debate appeared good-natured at first but, according to Mr Bayley, it has now taken a more sinister turn after the Dean of York, the Very Rev Vivienne Faull, until recently the Dean of Leicester, received such abusive letters she had to pass them to the police.
Nine of the monarch's descendants have called on the Government to return the remains of the king to York for a "formal and ceremonial" burial, while a petition calling for his remains to be transferred to the northern city has been signed by more than 23,000 people.
Mr Bayley said:
The final resting place of King Richard III should be decided by an independent committee, the MP for York Central has claimed.
The remains of the monarch were discovered in a car park in Leicester last year.
He is due be re-interred at Leicester Cathedral next year despite campaigns to bring him to York.
The MP for Skipton and Ripon is supporting calls for the remains of King Richard III to be returned and re-interred in North Yorkshire.
Julian Smith claims that before his death in 1485 Richard of York said he wanted to be buried at York Minster.
Mr Smith continued: “No-one wants another war over this. We should thank Leicester for discovering his remains but they should now be returned to North Yorkshire for the proper burial he deserves in the place he wanted to be remembered.
“I will now be writing to the University of Leicester and Ministry of Justice, who granted the licence for the exhumation, to make this case.”
Experts at the Royal Armouries in Leeds have revealed the sort of weapons which may have been used to kill Richard III.
Archaeologists in the midlands yesterday confirmed they had discovered the body of the last king of the House of York. Now a Leeds historian is piecing together just what happened to the man who gave battle in vain.