DEBATE OVER NEW SITE
Now, there is a row between the cities of Leicester and York for the monarch’s yellowed bones and a long-deferred royal burial. Appeals and petitions were sent to the British government and Queen Elizabeth II.
“I think he should be buried in York Minster,” Smith said. “That’s where he apparently wanted to be buried. He is most associated with the north of England. He governed it for his brother and governed it very well.”
In Yorkshire, he is still remembered as “Good King Richard.”
Smith believes the king will be interred in Leicester’s Anglican Cathedral.
“He won’t be buried in Westminster Abbey,” she said. “The queen won’t have it. I doubt that she wants Richard III there. She’s descended from the Tudors.”
Smith considers Fotheringhay a logical choice for the king’s new final resting place.
“That’s where his mother (Cecily Neville, Duchess of York), father (Richard Plantagenet, third Duke of York) and brother (Edmund, Earl of Rutland) are buried in (Church of St. Mary and All Saints), Fotheringhay,” Smith said.
“That was the seat of the House of York. Let Richard go back to his mum and dad.”
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Anne Easter Smith www.anneeaster smith.com University of Leicester www.le.ac.uk The Richard III Society www.richardiii.net