17 August, 2013

The remains of the last Plantagenet king in search of a peaceful resting place

The last Plantagenet king of England, Richard III, is still creating quarrels more than five hundred years after his death. Killed by his successor, king Henry VII, of the Tudor dynasty, at the battle of Bosworth in 1485, the Richard III's body had been discovered only last year under a car park of Leicester city. The Leicester university, which organized the successful archeologic search in 2012, planned to bury Richard III's remains in the cathedral of that town, now faces a contest.

A Plantagenet Alliance, gathering descendants of Richard III, wants the former king buried in York! That Alliance got from a judge a decision saying that the plan to bury the last English Plantagenet king should be, at least, postponed in order to give time to a wider consultation. The judge also permitted to the descendants of Richard III, to start a legal procedure.

So the fate of that sovereign, in York or Leicester, is not yet decided. In order to avoid an agonizing choice between the two cities, Angers should announce its candidacy to host the last Plantagenet king!  That would boost Angers Loire Valley fame in the English speaking kingdom.

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