Anyone who has been reading my blog for some time will know of my long standing interest in Richard III as I've written quite a few posts over the years about him or places connected with him.This last week we've been in Wales on a short break before Paul starts his seasonal job. We never have internet access whilst away and very rarely buy a newspaper, this coupled with the fact that the cable TV was down on the site where we were staying leaving only a few channels available - there are only so many episodes of Noddy in Welsh you can watch no matter how cute it is - that by Thursday I felt I should perhaps find out what was going on in the world and bought a newspaper. I was so glad I did because this article set my thoughts whirling.
|Article from the 'i' newspaper Thursday 13th September 2012|
It was only on August 28th (see my last post) that we visited the 'dig' in a Leicester car park where archaeologists from Leicester University were searching for the remains of Greyfriars priory and at the same time hoping against hope to find the remains of King Richard III who, according to records, was buried in the choir of the priory church. Who would have believed that they would actually find any remains at all let alone those of an English King?
|A print of the portrait of Richard III from the National Portrait Gallery bought and framed for me by a friend for my 21st birthday.|
All the evidence gleaned so far seems to point towards one of the two skeletons found being that of Richard! If the DNA matches that of known descendants then this is marvellous beyond measure. Who'd have thought it possible that Richard's remains would be found after all this time in just a few weeks?
I said as I read out the article 'if it is him, I wonder where he will be re-buried?'. It would be wonderful if he stayed in Leicester but there are a few other options. Possibly York as he was so popular and well-loved there and was indeed a 'northern' King, which politically was part of his downfall, but also his birthplace Fotheringhay (which I visited for the second time earlier this year) where he was born at the castle and where his parents Richard, Duke of York and Cecily Neville are buried in the church. The York chapel there which would be ideal.
|The York chapel in the church at Fotheringhay - photo taken by me in May this year.|
The DNA test will take 12 to 15 days to process we await the results with great interest, excitement and hope.
|Sundial on Ambion Hill which offers panoramic views of the site of the Battle of Bosworth. Taken by me at the Battlefield Heritage Centre and Country Park, July 2011.|
Link - to my post about Fotheringhay
Link - to the latest news from the Leicester Mercury