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Richard III's remains: Leicester car park dug up


Jock1e

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It has been reported that the Bones dug up in Leicester car park were that of King Richard the 3rd.

I believe there is a program on tonight at 9Pm all about the dig so that should be interesting.

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chub_tor

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Bing.alau

He's just a good guy like me. Humble, modest and perfect as ever eh?

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Forum Editor

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john bunyan

"...so he was, presumably a Catholic at the time of his death, so should be buried in that faith."

Richard was certainly a Catholic, and would certainly have found anything to do with the modern Church of England abhorrent.

Perhaps he should therefore be interred in Westminster Cathedral.

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namtas

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Sorry to see that Confab felt that he had to terminate his membership of the forum in that way. I am sure that he would have had much to offer and I hope that he would reconsider.

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john bunyan

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FE

From the Leicester Cathedral website ( Cathedral built before 1000AD, all Catholic stuff removed 1584, re consecrated as (C of E) Cathedral 1927):

*The following statement has been made on behalf of the Bishop of Nottingham, concerning the reinterment of the remains of King Richard III: "The Bishop is pleased that the body of King Richard III has been found under the site of Greyfriars Church in Leicester, in which it was buried following the Battle of Bosworth in 1485, and that it will be reinterred with dignity in the city where he has lain for over five hundred years. Richard III was one of the last Catholic monarchs of England and his death was a decisive moment in British history, but the ultimate decision as to what form the interment takes lies with the Government and the Church of England, since he will be buried in Leicester Cathedral. In accordance with long-established ecumenical practice, Bishop Malcolm will be happy t take part in any form of ceremony which takes place to mark his final burial."*

Interesting debate. If the RC and C of E are truly ecumenical, then the local RC bishop would officiate in the Leicester Cathedral, but I doubt if the two churches are as ecumenical as they claim! When the Pope invited the Westminster Abbey choir to St Peter's, Rome recently, the Dean of Westminster was not allowed to take Communion there. So much for ecumenicism.

Maybe the "Government" will take up your suggestion?

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Quickbeam

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There's no doubt in my mind it should be done in the manner of his times.

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Ex plorer

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To days technology says it was/is King Richard the 111, and twenty years on from now will technology still agree, it may well be worth while for a few years at least to keep the bones available for future analysis just to be certain, surly it cant do any harm.

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Aitchbee

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"There's no doubt in my mind it should be done in the manner of his times."

I agree - so, no TV coverage.

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SillBill

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Aitchbee - in your dreams!

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Jock1e

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The poor chap has just seen daylight for the first time in 500 years and you can't wait to get him 6 ft under again.

If he could see I wonder what he would think of the world we live in now.

Probably be about 6 months or so before he is laid to rest again in the place fitting for a King.

Would they put his bones on show for a short spell so that anyone could go and see him.

Probably not but you never know.

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