May 23, 2014
By Michael Kramer
The remains of Britain’s King Richard the Third will interred in Leicester.
A ruling from Britain’s High Court says the 15th-century monarch should indeed be buried in the city in central England where his skeleton was discovered – under a parking lot in 2012.
Some distant relatives of the King had wanted Richard interred in the northern-England city of York, to which he had strong ties.
But the judges said, “It is time for King Richard III to be given a dignified reburial and finally laid to rest.”
Richard’s remains are to be enshrined in Leicester’s cathedral.
Richard was killed in the Battle of Bosworth Field near Leicester in 1485 and the deposed monarch was quickly buried without a coffin – in a now-demolished church in the city. A skeleton unearthed under a Leicester parking lot was identified as the King through scientific testing.
Richard remains one of England’s most controversial royals, portrayed as a hunchbacked villain in Shakespeare’s play “Richard III.” But some historians claim he was a relatively enlightened monarch whose reputation was destroyed by the Tudors that defeated him.