Battle of the bones: Leicester and York go to war over King Richard III remains
The discovery of King Richard III under a parking lot in the English city of Leicester thrilled history buffs around the world. But the news meant a winter of discontent for the rival city of York, and now the two are doing battle over the royal bones.
Officials in Leicester say the monarch, who was unceremoniously buried without a coffin 528 years ago, will be re-interred with kingly dignity in the city’s cathedral.
“The decision has already been made,” said Leicester mayor Peter Soulsby. “All the permissions have been granted and the various authorities involved have agreed that the interment will take place in Leicester.”
Not so fast, says York, a city 160 kilometres to the north that claims the late monarch as its own. (JUSTIN TALLIS/AFP/Getty Images; AP Photo)