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There appears...

February 5th, 2013 (06:35 pm)

...to be something of a disagreement over where Richard III should be (re)buried, with the two main contenders being Leicester and York. Personally I reckon of the two, York has a stronger case, but...he was Duke of Gloucester - shouldn't that city also be a possibility?

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Posted by: Virgers! How are we doing with those explosives? (tree_and_leaf)
Posted at: February 5th, 2013 07:08 pm (UTC)
Harriet

Either of those would be plausible candidates, but the Home Office isn't going to allow anything but Leicester - and the people of Leicester would probably lynch anyone who tried to get him off them!

Posted by: DaveH (aeglefinus)
Posted at: February 5th, 2013 07:30 pm (UTC)

He was a catholic. The nearest relevant cathedral is Nottingham.

Posted by: Virgers! How are we doing with those explosives? (tree_and_leaf)
Posted at: February 5th, 2013 08:25 pm (UTC)
Harriet

Of course he was, he was born before the Reformation and the rupture in the English church (and there's a whole other argument about continuity and discontinuity that RCs and Anglicans are never going to agree on). But in any case, Leicester Cathedral (like the other two) was consecrated by Catholic priests and was a place of worship in Richard's day. I think that makes it a more appropriate place of burial than a mid-Victorian church. (Oddly enough Eamon Duffy takes the same view, and he's not exactly soft on Protestantism).

Posted by: Alexandra Needham (fiwen1010)
Posted at: February 5th, 2013 10:32 pm (UTC)

Yorkshire will come and steal him to bring him home. It's what he would have wanted.

Posted by: Virgers! How are we doing with those explosives? (tree_and_leaf)
Posted at: February 5th, 2013 10:34 pm (UTC)

I'm just waiting for the Dean of York Minster to revive the great mediaeval tradition of nicking someone's body, and then telling everyone that it wasn't theft because you had a dream where they told you that that was what they wanted.

Well, it would be epic if she did.

Posted by: The Exile (tehexile)
Posted at: February 5th, 2013 11:33 pm (UTC)

dreams should so be a defence in a court of law
... no, wait, a lot of my dreams are about me committing major felonies... oh mittens...

Posted by: David Brider (davidbrider)
Posted at: February 6th, 2013 04:51 am (UTC)

This has happened in the past? My mind is boggling!

Posted by: The Exile (tehexile)
Posted at: February 5th, 2013 11:33 pm (UTC)

If it was in York I could go and see it more easily!

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