Letters Submitted for Richard III to be Buried in York
6:08pm 6th February 2013
Letters have been sent to Her Majesty the Queen and the Ministry of Justice by a group of city and civic leaders, to make representation in respect of the reburial of King Richard III’s remains.
The letter has the signatures of the Lord Mayor of York, all Group Leaders and the Chief Executive of City of York Council and also has the backing of senior politicians, civic leaders and academics across the whole country.
The letter outlines the view that the King’s remains should be reburied in York, in accordance with his lifetime’s wish and not where he died as a circumstance of his death in battle.
As the pre-eminent nobleman in the north-east and far north-west, King Richard considered Yorkshire his home. Indeed, his deep self-identification with the north and with York in particular was reflected in his plans for a chantry of 100 priests in York Minster which is surely where he hoped to be buried.
In fifteenth century York there was deep and well-articulated support for Richard. The city corporation sent an armed force to help him against Henry Tudor in 1485, and on hearing of his death, the council recorded in the City House Book of “the grete hevynesse of this citie”.
There remains very strong affection for Richard within the city to this day, with a museum dedicated to him and a number of his descendants support his burial in York.
Councillor James Alexander, Leader of City of York Council said: “We believe, that Richard’s remains belong here in York and we have mounted a campaign that the wishes of the man himself and his family’s descendants should be taken into consideration in determining his new place of rest.
“I’m delighted by the overwhelming support we’ve received from individuals who include Stephen Nicolay, an archaeologist and 13th generation descendant of Richard’s wife, Mark Ormrod, Professor of Medieval History at the University of York and Sandra Wadley the Chairman of The Society of Friends of King Richard III.”
The Lord Mayor of York, Councillor Keith Hyman said: “We ask that consideration is given to the remains of the King being buried in the city with which he most identified, close to his son and where we believe he wished to be laid to rest.”
A petition has been launched to allow people to express their views on where the former King of England should be buried. This can be accessed via www.bringbackrichard.co.uk or direct to the petition at http://epetitions.direct.gov.uk/petitions/38772
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