Monday, February 11, 2013
As I have previously discussed, the remains of Kind Richard III were recently found beneath a parking lot near Leicester. Now, two different cities are vying for the rights to the bones of the late monarch. Leicester officials believe that King Richard III should be laid to rest within the city's cathedral. However, opponents argue that this option is inappropriate because many literary works portray King Richard III as a villain to Leicester; therefore, those opponents argue "that he should be laid to rest in York...where he was considered a local king." Leicester was a stronghold for the House of Lancaster, Richard's political opponents for the throne. Therefore, some consider that it would be inappropriate to bury Richard in the city.
See Martha Neil, Newly Found Skeleton of Richard III Creates Winter of Discontent For 2 Cities Vying to Claim Bones, ABA Journal, Feb. 7, 2013.
Special thanks to Brian Cohan (Attorney at Law, Law Offices of Brian J. Cohan, P.C.) for bringing this article to my attention.