Campaigners keep fighting to bring Richard III to York

SUPPORTERS of a campaign to see Richard III brought back to York have said they will keep fighting to have him re-buried there.

Some have said the Dean of York, the Very Reverend Vivienne Faull, is biased in her belief that the 15th Century king should remain in Leicester because she had until recently been Dean of Leicester.

There are currently three online petitions in support of bringing Richard III to York for re-burial.

Roseofyork commented on a recent Northern Echo story: “Richard III must go to York where he wished to lie.

“He spent most of his short life in Yorkshire and was a much loved Lord of the North.

“The only connection Richard had with Leicester is that it was the place where he was hacked to death and murdered defending his country.

“The law pertaining to archaeological bodies was never meant for a tragic king of England -he belongs to us all not a city council who have admitted to wanting him for tourist purposes.”

However Kernowoggie said: “It looks like common sense will prevail and his bones will be interred in Leicester.

“Richard III’s bones should remain in the midlands where his memory has been honoured consistently over many years and not due to any desired status or financial profit.”

The petitions can be found at www.bringbackrichard.co.uk; http://epetitions.direct.gov.uk/petitions/38772; and http://www.thepetitionsite.com/961/861/672/return-king-richard-iii-to-yorkshire.

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2:36am Tue 19 Feb 13

Blancsanglier says...

Kernowoggie:“Richa
rd III’s bones should remain in the midlands where his memory has been honoured consistently over many years and not due to any desired status or financial profit.”

....... so what do you make of the glee the mayor of Leicester could not hide when the bones were announced as being found back in September? Practically the first words out of his mouth were "it will be good for Leicester and for tourism" Not one word of it being an actual human being who did make it known that he would want to be buried in York by planning and starting to build a chantry chapel there. Leicester has been busy ever since hyping up the 'connection' with Rlll (he happened to be killed there, that's all) and lo and behold - 3 days after it was officially announced he was King Richard - an up and running exhibition appeared.... that took months to plan. He was a King of England, not Leicester - he belongs to the country, not the council. His wishes ARE known, they should be respected and honoured as anyones would be. I think it appalling. A blatent case of 'finders keepers' .
Kernowoggie:“Richa rd III’s bones should remain in the midlands where his memory has been honoured consistently over many years and not due to any desired status or financial profit.” ....... so what do you make of the glee the mayor of Leicester could not hide when the bones were announced as being found back in September? Practically the first words out of his mouth were "it will be good for Leicester and for tourism" Not one word of it being an actual human being who did make it known that he would want to be buried in York by planning and starting to build a chantry chapel there. Leicester has been busy ever since hyping up the 'connection' with Rlll (he happened to be killed there, that's all) and lo and behold - 3 days after it was officially announced he was King Richard - an up and running exhibition appeared.... that took months to plan. He was a King of England, not Leicester - he belongs to the country, not the council. His wishes ARE known, they should be respected and honoured as anyones would be. I think it appalling. A blatent case of 'finders keepers' . Blancsanglier

2:38am Tue 19 Feb 13

Blancsanglier says...

Kernowoggie:“Richa
rd III’s bones should remain in the midlands where his memory has been honoured consistently over many years and not due to any desired status or financial profit.”

....... so what do you make of the glee the mayor of Leicester could not hide when the bones were announced as being found back in September? Practically the first words out of his mouth were "it will be good for Leicester and for tourism" Not one word of it being an actual human being who did make it known that he would want to be buried in York by planning and starting to build a chantry chapel there. Leicester has been busy ever since hyping up the 'connection' with Rlll (he happened to be killed there, that's all) and lo and behold - 3 days after it was officially announced he was King Richard - an up and running exhibition appeared.... that took months to plan. He was a King of England, not Leicester - he belongs to the country, not the council. His wishes ARE known, they should be respected and honoured as anyones would be. I think it appalling. A blatent case of 'finders keepers' .
Kernowoggie:“Richa rd III’s bones should remain in the midlands where his memory has been honoured consistently over many years and not due to any desired status or financial profit.” ....... so what do you make of the glee the mayor of Leicester could not hide when the bones were announced as being found back in September? Practically the first words out of his mouth were "it will be good for Leicester and for tourism" Not one word of it being an actual human being who did make it known that he would want to be buried in York by planning and starting to build a chantry chapel there. Leicester has been busy ever since hyping up the 'connection' with Rlll (he happened to be killed there, that's all) and lo and behold - 3 days after it was officially announced he was King Richard - an up and running exhibition appeared.... that took months to plan. He was a King of England, not Leicester - he belongs to the country, not the council. His wishes ARE known, they should be respected and honoured as anyones would be. I think it appalling. A blatent case of 'finders keepers' . Blancsanglier

11:51am Wed 20 Feb 13

ange11 says...

I suppose that it is really understandable that Leicester council need to see a financial return, as councils have to invest tax payer's money wisely and I have the utmost respect for the work Leicester University have done.
However, surely common sense (not to mention respect and decency) should see him laid to rest in a place he had a preference for and which is more suitable to a Medieval monarch.
I hope York Minster will re think its stance, but if not, Westminster, Middleham and Fotheringhay have all got to be more appropriate locations than a small Victorian cathedral close to the site of his final defeat and humiliation.
Unfortunately the Minster's statement has caused the signatures on the petition to slow up, and I wonder if ther are local pubs and shops who support a return to Yorkshire or if tourist infos, and libraries could get involved to help to promote it - 100,000 signatures shouldn't be out of reach, and would at least get a parliamentary debate?
I suppose that it is really understandable that Leicester council need to see a financial return, as councils have to invest tax payer's money wisely and I have the utmost respect for the work Leicester University have done. However, surely common sense (not to mention respect and decency) should see him laid to rest in a place he had a preference for and which is more suitable to a Medieval monarch. I hope York Minster will re think its stance, but if not, Westminster, Middleham and Fotheringhay have all got to be more appropriate locations than a small Victorian cathedral close to the site of his final defeat and humiliation. Unfortunately the Minster's statement has caused the signatures on the petition to slow up, and I wonder if ther are local pubs and shops who support a return to Yorkshire or if tourist infos, and libraries could get involved to help to promote it - 100,000 signatures shouldn't be out of reach, and would at least get a parliamentary debate? ange11

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