Thursday, February 07, 2013

‘Let the Anglicans bury Richard III'

http://assets.nydailynews.com/polopoly_fs/1.1254748.1359989111!/img/httpImage/image.jpg_gen/derivatives/landscape_635/richard5n-8-web.jpgThe remains of Richard III should be reburied in a medieval cathedral, not a modern Catholic church, an eminent Catholic historian has said.

Following DNA testing, a skeleton discovered beneath a car park in the centre of Leicester was today confirmed as being that of the medieval English king who was killed in battle in 1485.

It is understood that he is to be reinterred the remains in Leicester Cathedral, in whose parish they were found, but there have been calls, including an online petition, to have them buried in a Catholic church.

Eamon Duffy, professor of the History of Christianity at the University of Cambridge said Leicester was "an obvious substitute" for the Greyfriars church where the Plantagenet king was originally buried and which was demolished in the Reformation, but said there was also a case for them to be reburied in a medieval church that had a "significant association with his history," such as Gloucester Cathedral or York Minster. 

He said it would be "absurd" to bury the king in a modern Catholic church.

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