The rest-less king

Apparently Richard III is the only English monarch with no known resting place. Well, that could all change very soon. Leicester University are leading an archeological search for the bones of Richard III under a council car park – thought to be the site of the old Greyfriars Church. The church was demolished by that jolly Tudor monarch, Henry VIII, after he broke with Rome to get a divorce and top up his own coffers with the church’s wealth.

I’m not getting my hopes up, I’ve seen enough episodes of Time Team, back in the day, to know it’s unlikely anything will be found – and even if something is found, proving beyond all doubt these really are the bones of the last Plantagenet king, Richard III is going to be tricky.

There is of course the old rumour that his body was thrown into the River Soar, during the ransacking of the church, by an unknown rabble – apparently a body was found when they drained the river, I don’t know what happened to these remains – so if anyone knows, feel free to comment.

Richard III’s demise was particularly gruesome. Having been betrayed by those he expected to aid him, and literally stabbed in the back by others, he was stripped naked, flung on his back over a horse and paraded through the town. Finally he was taken to the church to be put on display for three days. Unlike the portrayals in Shakespearean plays, he was not an old hunchback but a strong, 32 year old soldier.

3 thoughts on “The rest-less king

  1. Anonymous says:

    Thought about you when I heard they were on the trail of a potential body for Richard 111. History gets written by the victors but what did happen to those boys in the tower? Any ideas?

  2. plantageneta says:

    Hello Mr or Ms Anonymous ??? Lots of theories about the boys in the tower, of course history has it that Richard killed them, or Buckingham; either for RIchard or for his own ends. Others hypothesise Richard could have had them transported abroad, likely to his sister Margaret. (some say this is backed up by the fact their mother never accused him even after his death & that Henry Tudor continued to search for them). There was Perkin Warbeck who claimed to be one of the boys, backed by Margaret (& Lambert Simnel), so many more theories exist about them! Guess we’ll never know.

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