Richard III

A team of specialists have discovered the body of Richard III - and a Leeds historian is piecing together just what happened to the man who gave battle in vain.

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Richard III's descendants call for York burial

The remains of King Richard III were discovered in a council car park in Leicester. Credit: PA Wire

The descendants of King Richard III have demanded that his remains are reburied in York.

The monarch's 500-year-old skeleton was identified earlier this month after it was uncovered during an archaeological dig at a council car park in Leicester last year.

It is due due to be re-interred at Leicester Cathedral next year despite campaigns to bring them to York.

But today, nine of Richard III's descendants said they believed the king, the last monarch of the House of York, would have wanted to be buried.

In a statement they said: "We believe that such an interment was the desire of King Richard in life and we have written this statement so that his wishes may be fully recognised and upheld."

Tomb designs unveiled for Richard III

Proposed tomb for King Richard III Credit: Richard III Society

The Richard III Society has unveiled its designs for the tomb of the King, whose remains are to be buried at Leicester Cathedral.

They say the tomb is based on Richard's life and what was important and meaningful to him. The designs were undertaken by a team of speciaists with more than 40 years resarch into the King's life.

Tomb to be funded by Richard III society Credit: Richard III Society

Leicester's Richard III claim is 'historically dodgy' claims MP

Leicester's claim to become the final resting place for the remains of King Richard III is "historically dodgy, bogus and frankly arrogant", a North Yorkshire MP has suggested.

Some experts have claimed evidence suggests he wanted to be buried in York Minster, and not Leicester where his remains were found near the site of his death in battle.

But speaking in the Commons, Julian Smith said: "North Yorkshire is the only place for him to return to according to his wishes".

Leader of the House Andrew Lansley said the "straight forward" legal postion gives the University of Leicester the right to decide his final resting place.

Leicester City Council and Leicester Cathedral have already revealed plans for the remains to be re-interred next year.


York Outer MP wants Richard III back home

The York Outer MP Julian Sturdy is supporting the campaign to have Richard III buried in York.

Mr Sturdy also announced that he has written to the Archbishop of York, the Ministry of Justice and the Private Secretary to Her Majesty the Queen, to request that the Yorkist King’s final resting place be considered very carefully.

“As the last Yorkist King of England and last King to die in battle, Richard III is hugely important to the heritage of our historic city of York. There is plenty of evidence to suggest that King Richard wished to be buried in York and particularly in the Minster.. .... The people of York and indeed Yorkshire are extremely grateful for the excellent work carried out by the archaeologists and the University of Leicester. We merely want the options for King Richard’s final resting place to be properly considered

– Julian Sturdy MP

MP joins fight to bring Richard of York home

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.

It has been repeated through the centuries that his wish was to be buried in York and, now his remains have been discovered, his wish should be granted.

– Julian Smith MP, Con Skipton and Ripon

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.”

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