Is It REALLY Richard III
Many now firmly believe that the king who rode out in 22 August 1485, only to make an ignominious return as a naked corpse slung over the pommel of a horse has now at last come back to them.
Is It REALLY Richard III
That saga of the find - in the Leicester council car park - of the bones of a man with a twisted spine just rumbles on. For many locals, the fact that all the evidence points to this being the remains of the mysterious King Richard III is proof enough that the last Plantagenet monarch has indeed been found.
It is undoubtedly the case that the more sceptical element will scoff at this attitude - hopeful attempts at a DNA match it will not produce results before Christmas - but still many now firmly believe that the king who rode out in 22 August 1485, only to make an ignominious return as a naked corpse slung over the pommel of a horse has now at last come back to them.
Large numbers of local residents had indeed queued around the block on the final open day of the dig, which has now come to an end, as this coming week everything will be returned to the former state so that cars can once again be parked there. Ironically enough, the private offices of the Leicester child protection unit overlook the last resting place of the man believed to have murdered the princes in the Tower.
Many of those local residents want to see the king buried in the cathedral, just 100 yards away, where, since 1980, a large, handsomely inscribed slab sits in front of the high altar, and each year on August 22nd is wreathed in flowers, on the anniversary of the Battle of Bosworth, when Richard III died.
Cathedral authorities have already commented that if the identity is confirmed, they will ensure that the remains are treated with dignity and respect due to them. Those completing the dig felt that their immediately locating a church buried for 500 years was extraordinary enough, but to then find bones, exactly where records say Richard was buried was an incredible moment indeed.
There is no doubt that the very, very strong circumstantial evidence makes all parties very hopeful that this grown man, buried in a position of great honour near the altar in the church - with a twisted spine and a terrible battle injury – is indeed the missing monarch, but only time wiull tell for certain
Although officially, the archaeologists are keeping open minds, the locals, it seems, have for the most part already decided, and who can blame them for wanting to believe that an enigmatic, 500 year-old mystery has finally been resolved?