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English: Stone at the supposed point of death of King Richard III at the Battle of Bosworth in 1485. Plaque reads “Richard the last Plantaganet King of England was slain here 22nd August 1485” (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Richard Plantagenet, aka Richard, Duke of York, aka King Richard III.

A group of relatives of King Richard III, whose body was recently unearthed in a Leicester City council owned municipal car park, have won the right to bring High Court proceedings in order to challenge a plan to rebury Ricky’s mortal remains in Leicester. Many of his relatives want the body re-interred in York, claiming it was the King’s wish. The judge gave permission to members of the PLANTAGENET ALLIANCE to bring judicial review proceedings against the Justice Secretary and the University of Leicester.

Richard III was killed at the battle of Bosworth in 1485 and was hurriedly buried in the church of the Greyfriars in Leicester, later to become a car park.

Archaeologists from the University of Leicester want the king’s bones to rest in Leicester Cathedral. However, Richard’s living relatives, of whom there are many, want their ancestor put to rest at York Minster as the king grew up at Middleham Castle in the Yorkshire Dales and visited York several times during his 26-month reign.

An emotive subject, which is surprising in the multi-cultural times we live in, a total of 26,553 people have signed a petition that the remains should be re-interred at York Minster and 8,115 people  have signed a petition that they should be re-interred at Leicester. Oh dear me…are we going to see the ‘War of the Roses’ partie deux?

The University of Leicester announced that DNA results confirmed the remains were those of Richard III in February 4 this year, thanks to a match with the very late king’s living relative Michael Ibsen. Strewth, there are at least a million relatives of Richard III alive today. Mind you, without the benefit of television, other than eating, warring and f**king, what else did those aristos have to do? Lucky bastards!

The Battle of Bosworth Field was fought on  the morning of August 22, 1485, and marked the end of the War Of The Roses, the 30-year civil war between the houses of York and  Lancaster.

One of the most important clashes in English  history, for after many years of passing the English throne around, it saw the death of Richard III, ushered in the Tudor dynasty and gave Shakespeare one of his best known quotations: “A minicab, a minicab, my kingdom for a minicab!”

The battle marked the final confrontation between the Yorkist king Richard III and his challenger Henry Tudor, Earl of  Richmond and leader of the House of Lancaster. Finally there was stability in the kingdom.

Due in part to William Shakespeare, Richard III has received no end of bad press over the centuries. He is seen as a mean, conniving, humourless, humpy-back bastard who allegedly had the two princes executed in the Tower of London. The Princes in the Tower were Edward V of England and Richard of Shrewsbury, Duke of York. The two brothers were the only sons of Edward IV of England and Elizabeth Woodville. Then 12 and 9 years old, they were lodged in the Tower of London by the man appointed to look after them, their uncle, the Lord Protector: Richard, Duke of Gloucester. This was supposed to be in preparation for Edward’s coronation as king. However, Richard took the throne for himself and the boys disappeared.

Since no present day spin doctor has thus far stepped forward to paint Richard III in a better light, it may be fitting to re-inter his bones under a York CAR PARK!


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