The Shakespeare Conference: SHK 24.0074  Monday, 18 February 2013


From:        Lynne Kinder <This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.>

Date:         February 17, 2013 12:32:37 PM EST

Subject:     Richard III


Dear Hardy,


I read with interest the NYT article you posted on 12th Feb entitled “My Kingdom for a Corpse” by Gail Collins. I would like to point out though, that although this quote:


‘The cities of Leicester and York are already flinging petitions at one another, battling for the honor of hosting the next burial.’


is true, the fact is that the church powers in Leicester and York made an agreement, before the exhumation and DNA testing, that should the skeleton be that of Richard, then he would be buried in Leicester, as is reported in this article: 




Here is the relevant quote:


The licence issued to the University of Leicester to allow for the recent exhumation declares that the remains should stay in Leicester, said a Minster spokesperson. “While some people may prefer him to go somewhere else, like York Minster, this is simply the legal position, and the Minster has made no claims to his remains.”


As a resident of York, I would love to see Richard buried here, but sadly it seems that York Minster doesn’t want him.


The argument rages on though and is gathering a lot of local interest. Our local paper reports with regular updates, which, if you or other SHAKSPERians are interested, can be perused here:





Lynne Kinder


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