However, Richard was from York. That city and the Plantagenet Society, a group of distant relatives, want him reinterred in his home town. The law suit has not yet been settled, but plans and designs for Richard’s new tomb have already been revealed. As you will see, a gracious nod to his Yorkshire roots is included in the design.Re-bogged from: http://www.dailymail.co.uk/sciencetech/article-2425609/Richard-III-receive-burial-fit-king--raised-tomb-York-stone-positioned-large-white-rose.html#ixzz2riznxyOg
By Sarah GriffithsRichard III will be buried under a raised tomb made out of Yorkshire limestone, cathedral chiefs have announced.
|King Richard III (pictured) was killed |
at the Battle of Bosworth in 1485
bringing to a close the period
of English history known as the Wars of the Roses
The news comes amid a legal challenge by distant relatives of the King, who have questioned the decision to make Leicester the final resting place for his remains.Plans for the raised tomb, which will be carved out of finely worked Swaledale fossil limestone and feature a deep carved cross, will now be submitted to planning officials for a final decision.
The limestone is quarried in Swaledale, Yorkshire, near to Middleham, where Richard III underwent his boyhood training in knighthood and later made his home.Set within the cathedral's chancel, the £1.3 million project will see the tomb placed on a floor inlaid with a large Yorkist white rose.
|The Dean of Leicester, the Very Reverend David Monteith (centre) and The Bishop of Leicester Tim Stevens (right) pose with plans for the tomb of King Richard III in Leicester Cathedral|
The project will also see changes to internal layout, windows and lighting in the cathedral.The plans revealed today will now be reviewed by the Cathedral Fabric Commission for England, with a decision expected later this month.
If all goes to plan, the cathedral hopes the king's remains can be re-interred in a ceremony full of pomp next year.
But the plans also rely on the outcome of a legal challenge from a group of distant relatives of the king, who call themselves the Plantagenet Alliance.
They have applied to the High Court for a judicial review into the decision to grant the city cathedral licence as the final resting place for the King's remains and want to see the remains placed in York, where Richard had strong links.Richard's remains were discovered by archaeologists from the University of Leicester after a dig in a city centre car park following a campaign by the Richard III Society and with the permission of Leicester City Council, which owned the plot of ground.
The Dean of Leicester, The Very Rev David Monteith, said: 'We fully respect the process of the Judicial Review which will ensure the procedure leading to the re-interment is correct.'While this takes its course, we must, as would any Cathedral in this position, seek planning permission for the detailed and costly changes which need to be made to the building.
'The overall concept is regal and respectful in its elegant simplicity, as befits the final resting place of a king of England.'By placing the tomb in our chancel, we are giving king Richard the same honour as did those friars more than 500 years ago.'
Richard III was killed at the Battle of Bosworth in 1485 bringing to a close the tumultuous period of English history known as the Wars of the Roses.
Side Bar:RICHARD III WAS RIDDLED WITH ROUNDWORMS, HIS REMAINS REVEALED
Richard III not only had a hunchback but he also suffered from roundworm infection, research recently revealed.
Scientists found roundworm eggs in a soil sample taken from the pelvis of the skeleton of the king.
Since the body of King Richard III was found, scientists have been undertaking careful analysis of the remains, in an attempt to shed further light on the attributes and history of the controversial king.
A team of researchers led by Dr Piers Mitchell, of the Department of Archaeology and Anthropology at the University of Cambridge, used a powerful microscope to examine soil samples taken from the skeleton’s pelvis and skull, as well as from the soil surrounding the grave.The microscope revealed multiple roundworm eggs in the soil sample taken from the pelvis, where the intestines would have been situated in life.
However, there was no sign of eggs in soil from the skull and very few eggs in the soil that surrounded the grave, suggesting that the eggs found in the pelvis area resulted from a genuine roundworm infection during his life, rather than from external contamination by the later dumping of human waste in the area.
Dr Mitchell said: 'We would expect nobles of this period to have eaten meats such as beef, pork and fish regularly, but there was no evidence for the eggs of the beef, pork or fish tapeworm. This may suggest that his food was cooked thoroughly, which would have prevented the transmission of these parasites.'Dr Jo Appleby, lecturer in human bioarchaeology at the University of Leicester, said: 'Despite Richard’s noble background, it appears that his lifestyle did not completely protect him from intestinal parasite infection, which would have been very common at the time.'