Cities Battle for Richard III's Remains

Leicester, York stake rival claims

By Matt Cantor,  Newser Staff

Posted Feb 8, 2013 3:00 AM CST | Updated Feb 8, 2013 5:00 AM CST

(Newser) – Centuries after the Wars of the Roses, Richard III is still dividing Britain. Two cities are feuding over who gets to rebury the newly-discovered remains said to be his. Leicester, home to the parking lot where the bones were found, says it's the rightful owner; York, meanwhile, argues that the king represented the House of York, grew up in the city, and said he wanted to be buried there.

Still, Leicester looks to have the upper hand, the New York Times notes. The UK exhumation license for Richard said he was to be reburied at Leicester's cathedral, near the parking lot. That requirement was recently repeated in Parliament. "Let’s not have another war on this matter," says a York official. Meanwhile, a University of Leicester professor says that based on spelling and grammar in Richard's letters, his lilting accent probably echoed those in today's West Midlands, in central England, LiveScience reports.

An undated photo made available by the University of Leicester, England, Monday, Feb. 4, 2013, of the remains.
An undated photo made available by the University of Leicester, England, Monday, Feb. 4, 2013, of the remains.   (AP Photo/ University of Leicester)
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