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Richard III - petition for burial in York - urgent

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Colyngbourne Tue 03-Sep-13 19:39:27

I am posting this here, as a regular poster on Mumsnet but also on behalf of “The Petition to bring Richard III back to Yorkshire”, a Facebook page which is working directly with the Plantagenet Alliance. We believe that the remains of Richard III should be returned to York Minster for re-burial.

King Richard's special relationship with the north of England, and York in particular, demonstrates that he planned to be buried in the Minster. In fact the surviving evidence has convinced many eminent historians that these were indeed Richard's wishes. Known as ‘Lord of the North’, Richard spent much of his life in Yorkshire and was loved by its people, and in his letters to York he referred to impending visits as a 'homecoming'. After his death on Bosworth Field the city mourned him, stating, '"King Richard late mercifully reigning upon us was, through great treason ...piteously slain and murdered, to the great heaviness of this city". He especially chose York Minster for the grandest occasion on his Royal Progress after his coronation, and his young son was invested as Prince of Wales at York. It is also quite likely that this same son was buried at York Minster the following year, although no record survives of the burial. Whilst he was king, Richard endowed the Minster with a massive sum of money (the equivalent of millions today) to create a Collegiate foundation of 100 priests: work had begun on this by Bosworth, including six altars at which masses were already being said. Leicester would never have been Richard's choice for his burial, and even over 500 years later, this should be respected.

A Judicial Review of the interment licence currently held by Leicester University has been granted by Judge Haddon-Cave, although he has heavily advised Leicester that an independently drawn-up panel should decide the location. Whilst York Minster have understandably taken a step back from publicly declaring an interest, it cannot be doubted that they would welcome King Richard's remains. They are named as the Second Interested Party in the High Court Ruling.

In granting a judicial review Mr Justice Haddon-Cave argued that public opinion should be one of the factors that decides where Richard should be buried. The “Burial in York Minster” e-petition closes on 24 September (three weeks' time). However as of 31st August the Leicester Mercury newspaper have pursued a vigorous and aggressive campaign to overtake York Minster's e-petition total by the closing date of the Leicester petition on 12 October.

I am encouraging everyone I know everywhere, if they wish to, to vote for York Minster. Just today we have heard that Dame Judi Dench has given her official support and best wishes to the York campaign and petition.

The government e-petition is at
epetitions.direct.gov.uk/petitions/38772

Anyone with a UK address and email address can sign this - ie. different members of one household.

Friends who are in the UK or overseas can sign this petition:
www.change.org/en-GB/petitions/university-of-leicester-to-return-king-richard-iii-for-ceremonial-burial-in-york

Facebook Petition page:
https://www.facebook.com/PetitionToBringRichardIiiBackToYorkshire?fref=ts

Plantagenet Alliance website: kingrichardcampaign.org.uk/r3wp/

Thank you for your support and please share this email and its links with anyone else - especially anyone with large networks or high-profile connections - who may be inclined to vote for York, and encourage them to do the same. Anyone who does Twitter, can share the link via https://twitter.com/Richardtoyork

Thank you!

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