War of the Roses 2! Where should Richard III be buried?!

by Valerie Rivett
richard grave

richard grave

It wasn’t so long ago that we dug up ol’ Richard the III in a car park, but his discovery is still causing quite the stir!

By now I assume you’ve all heard about this, and if you haven’t, have you been living under a rock? It appears as though now we have a body, we have something to argue over: Where should he be buried?

A court case which has been going on for months is naming it the war of the roses 2….a bit dramatic don’t you think? Still nevertheless the argument continues!

There are those who think he should be buried in Leicester because that’s where we found him, those who worked on him were based in Leicester so it’s just seems appropriate, right? No. Some think because Richard belonged to the House of York during the War of the Roses (also known as the cousins war) he should be buried there, in his childhood castle. Yet there are also those who think he should be buried in London because he was a King, and all King and Queens ruled from London. So the argument continues!

richard war of roses 2

Richard the III was the last Plantagent King, he took over from his brother Edward the IV when he infamously had his two princes locked in the tower of London. Never to be seen again, thus he could take the crown for himself. Despite Shakespeare’s depiction of Richard, he was quite loyal to his brother, during every war he was at his brothers aid and even went over sees with him when he was banished from London during an uprising caused by his other brother George!

Though he did not particularly like his sister-in-law, he did not stand in his brothers way and supported the marriage. It was only after his brothers death in 1483 that his character began to change, it was a shock to the kingdom. Many suspected he wanted the throne for himself, others believe he was being led a stray by his wife Anne, who wanted the throne and even more hated Edward IV wife, Queen Elizabeth Woodvylle.

She didn’t like the idea of having one of her sons on the throne and many believed that it was her doing that the princes were never had coronation. Still, despite being loyal and having a wife for love it appears the only thing people remember him for, is wanting to marry his niece, while his wife was dying before dying himself in the Battle of Bosworth!


The current plans before the court hearing today, will see the last Plantaganet King buried in Leicester Cathedral however it seems that the Plantagenet Alliance are appealing to have him placed in the York Minister because having a York King buried in a place which belonged to the Lancaster would be disrespectful!

Personally I think he should be buried in London. As much as the history geek inside of me would love to be at the burial of King Richard the III last Plantagenet King, he belongs in London. He was a King, regardless of Tudor propaganda or the History books. He wasn’t King for long and he didn’t do much other than cause one of the greatest historical mysteries to date but he should be buried with the rest of our monarchy.

FOR THE LOLs richard

He should be buried with his brother King Edward the IV in Windsor Castle. He has a family and a home, he does not belong to any city. He was a King and I believe that he should be buried in London with the rest, that would truly give him respect and not fight over him like a rag doll, but hey what do we know?

1 Comment

  1. Mary Walker on January 1, 2014 at 2:52 pm

    Good article Valerie, covering a lot of ground. I wholeheartedly agree with you that Windsor Castle would be appropriate for his reinterment, since Westminster Abbey is said to be full.

    Failing that, York Minster is historically proven to have meant a lot to him. He governed the North on behalf of his brother during Edward IV’s reign. The first thing Richard did was to reduce everybody’s taxes by 50% and then he introduced ‘legal aid’ to ensure justice for the common man. Sadly these great achievements of his, which are strong indications of a just and pro-active monarch, are little known.

    In his own short reign, he did actually do a lot to help his people and we still benefit today from his legacy. I’m not sure how he fitted all this in between wars and trauma and being our last warrior King – but he did because it was important to him to be a good King.

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