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Where to bury Richard III?

March 4, 2013

There has been a lot of excitement over Richard III recently. He first became international news when a historian claimed they knew where he was buried, in a car park in Leicester. Everyone believed it was utter madness, pinpointing where he was buried and then attempting to bring it up. But, work began, and a body was found, one that looked like it probably was Richard III. Extensive tests were done, and it was confirmed by DNA evidence, it was the King, it was Richard III, we even got to see his face made from his bones!

But, the next big question is, where is he going to be buried now. He is a King, so he needs a proper burial, he can’t be dumped just anywhere. The plan was to bury him in Leicester Cathedral, it was where he was found, and where he was buried to begin with so it seems like a good idea.

However, this plan to bury him in Leicester Cathedral doesn’t seem to lie well with his descendants, who are opposed to the idea. They would prefer for him to be buried in York, that is of course where he is supposed to be. He was of the house of York and was the third Duke of York. I understand they are related to him, but very distantly, and I’m not sure I would have a claim to someone from the fifteenth century, even if I were distantly related to them.

Having said this, I agree with their point that Richard was from the House of York, and this should have been his resting place. However, I also think that we shouldn’t change history. He was meant to be buried in Leicester, just because we have dug him up, it doesn’t mean that he should be moved and buried somewhere however many miles away. He has rested in Leicester for 500 years, and that is where he should remain. So, in my opinion, he should remain in Leicester and be reburied in Leicester Cathedral, as planned.

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