University of Leicester expert comments on Richard III's final resting place

Posted by pt91 at Feb 06, 2013 04:32 PM |
Professor Norman Housley has responded to arguments from a number of scholarly voices who, citing the King’s strong links to the North, are claiming that the remains of Richard III should be interred in York.
University of Leicester expert comments on Richard III's final resting place

The remains, as they were found at the Grey Friars site.

In addition to both Church law and archaeological practice, which both favour reburial in the church closest to the location where the remains were found, Professor Housley from the School of Historical Studies says in a blog for Leicester Exchanges that history also favours Leicester as the King’s final resting place:

The question of what Richard might have wanted to happen to his remains is not just improvable but rather beside the point. We should be guided by the course that events took in 1485. It makes eminent sense to follow the pattern of history, respect Leicester's Ricardian legacy, and benefit from the serendipity of the cathedral's remarkable proximity to the Grey Friars burial site.
 

St Martin’s Cathedral, where the Richard III's remains are to be reinterred, is situated less than 100 yards from where they lay for more than half a millennium.