Descendants of Richard III appeal for support to have bones reburied in York (From The Northern Echo)
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Descendants of Richard III appeal for support to have bones reburied in York
DESCENDANTS of medieval monarch Richard III are hotting up their battle to have his rediscovered bones reburied in the region.
They are trying to get as much public opinion on their side as possible ahead of the next stage in the legal wrangle over his remains.
And to that end they are urging supporters of their campaign to sign the on-line petition calling for his re-interment at York Minster.
Richard’s remains were found during an archaeological dig in Leicester a year ago. They were under a car-park on the site of a long-gone friary.
The last of the Plantagenet kings, he had been hastily buried there after his death at the Battle of Bosworth in 1485.
However almost immediately a new battle was launched over where the remains should be permanently laid to rest.
The original approved plan was to bury them at Leicester Cathedral, near where the body was found, and plans are already well advanced for an interment there next year.
However many believe he should be buried in York Minster, given his close connections with the city as well as Middleham and Sheriff Hutton - even though the Minster authorities believe Leicester should be the spot.
Earlier this month a group calling itself the Plantagenet Alliance, made up of descendants of the king, succeeded in winning permission for a judicial review.
In granting that review Judge Haddon-Cave said public opinion should be one of the factors to be taken into consideration.
Alliance member Vanessa Roe - the 16th great-niece of Richard - said the e-petition was the best way of showing support for a York burial.
“This is a real chance for everyone who believes King Richard should be laid to rest in York to have their say and make a real difference to the final decision,” she said.
So far more than 28,000 people have signed the petition - at http://epetitions.direct.gov.uk/petitions/38772 - and it will be closing to further names on September 24.
A rival petition in Leicester’s favour - at http://epetitions.direct.gov.uk/petitions/39708 - has almost 10,000 signatures.
“Richard spent the majority of his adult life in the north of England ruling the region as Edward IV's lieutenant,” said Ms Roe.
“During this time Richard forged exceptionally close links with the city of York and was a great benefactor of the Minster. All of the surviving evidence, as several historians have pointed out, strongly suggests that Richard planned to be buried in York Minster.
“This is our chance to honour King Richard's final wishes.”
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