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York dignified in row over Richard
I TAKE issue with David Deamer’s letter of October 7. There has been a Richard III Society since 1928, whose aim has been to investigate the life of Richard III and question the bad press he has received since his defeat at Bosworth.
I am not a member, but have been a Ricardian all my life, unwilling to believe the tales that Tudor historians left vilifying the name of a monarch who did more to improve the English legal system for the benefit of the un-enfranchised than any.
York and its Minster have maintained, in comparison to Leicester, a dignified silence. The arguments now are in the hands of the legal teams, but what sticks in the throats of those who favour a York burial is the way Leicester City Council only gave permission for the dig if the archaeologists, the Richard III Society and Philippa Langley gave an undertaking that, should he be found, his body would be re-interred in St Martin’s Cathedral. This was, to put it bluntly, blackmail.
I applaud the work of the University of Leicester archaeological services. But I do object to the repeated reprinting of the photo of his skeleton. Was it not demeaning enough to lie, naked, in the streets of Leicester before a hurried burial in a too-small grave?
I agree about the statue. Good grief, if Knaresborough is going to have one for Mother Shipton, it’s about time York acknowledged its debt to Richard, lord of the north.
Liz Titley, Spring View, Ludendenfoot, Halifax.
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