Well, it seems as if a decision has finally been made on where the bones found at the carpark excavation will be laid to rest – if of course the DNA testing proves them to be those of Richard. Richard ranks as one of the most famous/infamous kings in English history, depending on which version of the historical narrative you subscribe to. The debate on where he should be laid to rest has raged just as fiercely as that on his character and achievements.
I have to declare my interest here – I am not on the anti-Ricardian spectrum, but neither do I perceive him as totally innocent. In that respect, I think an interrment at Leicester cathedral is the closest thing we’re likely to get to a compromise. Sure, the inevitable rush by Leicester council to cash in on this will seem a bit crass, but that is the world in which we live unfortunately. I can’t see Richard getting the quiet and dignified burial he deserves – not when there’s so much financial and political capital to be made.